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OSL Teams with TDS for Bandwidth Increase


OSL Teams with TDS for Bandwidth Increase — OSU Open Source Lab

The Open Source Lab at Oregon State University has received a large donation of Internet bandwidth from TDS Telecom that will allow it to more than double the number of visitors it can serve, in the future helping up to 50 million people a day review or download free software.

For a five-year period, the Open Source Lab will receive 600 megabits of bandwidth - a volume of Internet connectivity that is more than five times higher than the total used by the rest of the university. In addition, OSU servers will be hosted in a TDS Data Center.

See also this picture on the setup. A very nice gesture from TDS! 600Mb is worth something like 6.000 - 12.000 euro's per month. This news is a couple of weeks old but comes in very handy since Drupal just released 4.7 and is getting lots of hits from all over the world and was featured on digg as well. And with new new videos online we might need that bandwith!

Ed W aka Mr-T big plans...you are not going to like it...

I don't have a lot of time but read this Analysis by the Salon of the rumblings of Ed Whitacre (AT&T CEO) about a multi-teared Internet where content suppliers would have to pay to use Ed's pipes to deliver the content to your home..

After the merger with Bell South and with Verison on T's side the "Ma Bell re-incarnate" will control a large portion of the access into American homes.. It is a clever play because they will be extract money from the consumer through the triple play set-top box nonsense and on the other side from the content producers

I am sure Ed already figured out that he doesn't need the networks (ABC/NBC etc) at all if he can control the internet access to the consumer--access to the scarce medium of tv-broadcasting was what gave the networks their power..

In effect they will create the walled garden without a need to put a lock on the door because it is only dirt-roads outthere...

Ed W comes across a friendly and open southerner with an Texan accent but unlike the other W he is a very clever and sly..

And I don't think this a US only threat...every European broadband Telco/cable company is watching this one with a lot of interest..finally a way to regain control over these pesky consumers who don't want to play their little triple play game...

As the guys from Internet2 point out there is not a lot of technical need for a QOS/CoS Internet. An architect from Cisco told me once that QoS/CoS is poor substitute for bandwidth; using bigger pipes was going to make the client a lot happier. But Cisco makes more money selling expensive routers and management platforms (and consultantcy). Besides Cisco is better in making clever kit than making fast kit..

(and yes the Salon ad is very annoying...deal with it..)

Watch AKAMAI's NOC

Akamai is the world leader when it comes down to global content distribution. You can see pictures of their NOC.

See Akamai's Network Operations Command Center

From Akamai's unique vantage point of over 18,000 servers in 69 countries, we can not only see and manage our customers' networks, but also observe overall Internet activity. This insight helps our customers monitor e-business solution effectiveness, simplify e-business infrastructure management, and unleash the competitive advantage of superior information flow.

Now I have seen multiple NOC's and worked in a view as well. Adnd I have a couple of questions: why isnt there a movie on the mainscreen like every NOC has? Where is the pizza? And most of all, at what screens do the operators play Doom?

silver needle in the skype

One of the best researches I have seen on Skype, the disadvantages and how to block it. Great Stuff and must read if you are into routing, security or VOIP in general.

skype needle.

I will not use NMAP

Yesterday I did a portscan on an environment with NMAP. They owner of the sites complained to my (excellent) ISP and they... disconnected my IP addresses. I could only access the inetrnet through a proxy server since they thought my system was infected with a Windows trojan.

The downtime of Willy today wasnt caused by my lack of sysadmin skills, my girlfriend desire to turn of the power to do some work on the house, but due to my ISP.

I will never use NMAP again. Bad NMAP! Bad!

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