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 Now Hiring: Network Engineer


Location: South Bay Area – Fremont, California

Looking for a position at a large, stable, and growing technology company?

Looking to contribute to a team with worldwide reach and impact?

Hurricane Electric seeks a network engineer to join our Operations team in operating and expanding our global Internet backbone.

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New POPs in New York, Chicago, and Reston

Hurricane Electric continues to expand our network, by adding three new Points of Presence (POPs) in three CoreSite data centers:

  • New York City, NY – CoreSite NY1, 32 Avenue of the Americas
  • Chicago, IL – CoreSite CH1, 427 S. LaSalle
  • Reston, VA – CoreSite VA1, 12100 Sunrise Valley Dr

We now have five POPs in New York City, three POPs in Chicago, and two POPs near Washington, DC (Ashburn and Reston, VA).


Hurricane Electric Adds 17 More POPs

Over the past seven months, we’ve added 17 new network POPs (Points of Presence):

  • Telvent in Barcelona, Spain (December 5)
  • Telecity AMS2 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (December 3)
  • Global Switch in Singapore (November 17)
  • Equinix in Frankfurt, Germany (November 13)
  • Interxion in Dusseldorf, Germany (November 10)
  • Global Connect in Hamburg, Germany (November 6)
  • Digital Realty,  210 Tucker and 900 Walnut in St. Louis, Missouri (November 3)
  • Colo Atl, 55 Marietta in Atlanta, Georgia (September 24)
  • Telecity Kilcarbery Park, Dublin, Ireland (DUB1) (September 18)
  • Digital Realty’s 365 Main in San Francisco, California (August 25);
  • Equinix in Hong Kong, China  (August 18);
  • Equinix MU1 in Munich, Germany (August 11);
  • Nebraska Colocation Centers (NCC) in Omaha, Nebraska (August 4);
  • DC74 Data Center in Charlotte, North Carolina (July 30);
  • Markley/One Summer Street in Boston, Massachusetts (June 3); and
  • SFR Netcenter data center in Marseille, France (May 6).

At all locations, we offer 100Base-T, Gigabit Ethernet,  10GE, and 100Gbps service.

Call 510-580-4190 or email for more information.

For our complete Network Map, click here: he.net__Hurricane_Electric_Geographic_Network_Map Also, don’t forget to follow us on:


New: Free Network Tools App for iOS and Android

We’ve just released a free Network Tools mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

This app brings a range of networking tools to mobile devices in a single app, available free through Apple’s AppStore and Google Play.

The Network Tools app includes the following functions:

  • Interface Information: Get information regarding your device’s current network state.
  • ARP / NDP: Lookup local devices found on your network using either ARP (IPv4) or NDP (IPv6).
  • DNS lookup: Search for a server’s DNS zone records such as SOA, NS, A, AAAA, MX, TXT, and rDNS.
  • IP Calculator: Calculate the Netmask, Wildcard, Network, Host range, and Broadcast for a given subnet.
  • Ping: Send ICMP packets to a single IPv4/v6 address.
  • Ping Sweep: Send ICMP packets to an entire subnet range.
  • Traceroute: Find the route packets take to reach your destination.
  • Progressive Traceroute: Get detailed statistics for a given route.
  • TCP Port Scan: Scan a list of custom or pre-defined TCP ports on any server.
  • Whois: Get information regarding domain registration.

No Ads!  There are no advertising banners or links in the app!

For more information, see:

You can also see a short preview of the mobile app on YouTube, at 

We’ve also added a section on our web site for questions & discussions about the Network Tools mobile app.


Images: menu screens for iPhone (left) and Android (right) 

he-net-tools-iphone-main        he-net-tools-android-menu


Hurricane Electric Adds 12 New POPs

Over the past eight months, we’ve added POPs (points of presence) in 12 additional locations:

  • Neutral Path facility at Center Plaza, 220 South Broadway, Rochester, MN (May 24, 2013)
  • Interxion facility in Madrid, Spain (June 24, 2013)
  • Interxion facility in Ballerup, Copenhagen, Denmark (July 1, 2013)
  • Telx data center at 111 8th Ave. in New York City (now 5 NYC locations) (July 8, 2013)
  • DataHive data center at 840 7th Ave in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (July 10, 2013)
  • Global Service Center, 167 Lombard Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (July 12, 2013)
  • CE Colo Victor Hugo 1 in Budapest, Hungary (July 26, 2013)
  • NXDATA-1 in Bucharest, Romania (July 29, 2013)
  • Telx data center at 350 East Cermak, in Chicago (now 2 Chicago locations) (July 30, 2013)
  • Telepoint colocation facility in Sofia, Bulgaria (August 5, 2013)
  • Telecity’s Harbor Exchange colocation facility in London, England (now 2 London locations) (November 13, 2013)
  • Telx data center at 200 Paul Ave. in San Francisco (December 11, 2013)

Click here to see our complete Network Map.

We’ve also added service through these additional Internet Exchange Points:

  • COPHIX (the Copenhagen Internet Exchange) and DIX (the Danish Internet Exchange Point) (July 19, 2013)
  • YYCIX internet exchange point in Calgary, Alberta (July 24, 2013)
  • Manitoba Internet Exchange point (MBIX) in Winnipeg, Manitoba (July 25, 2013)
  • Budapest Internet Exchange point ( (August 7, 2013)
  • Six Eastern European IXPs, in Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria: Budapest Internet Exchange (BIX), Balkan Internet Exchange (B-IX), Bulgarian Internet Exchange (BIX.BG), InterLAN Exchange, NetIX and the Romanian Network Internet Exchange (RoNIX). (November 22, 2013)
  • BBIX Internet Exchange in Tokyo

Click here to see a list of all Internet Exchange Points where we offer service. Click here for a visual directory of our POPs. has also added a direct fiber connection from Winnipeg to Minneapolis. This increases our network’s redundancy and resiliency, while reducing latency between central Canada and the central USA.  (We’ve also corrected our Network Map to include several routes that were accidentally omitted.)

Interview with the 5000th IPv6 Sage

Last week, Hurricane Electric was happy to accredit the 5000th IPv6 Sage. We have long anticipated reaching this milestone, and given that Sages currently represent 104 countries around the world, we were curious to see who the 5000th Sage was and which country he/she was from.

Without further ado, it is our pleasure to introduce you to Daniel Harzenmoser, the 5000th person to achieve the rank of Sage at Hurricane Electric IPv6 certification. Daniel hails from Switzerland, a fact which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Switzerland ranks 9th among other European countries for IPv6 Sages and 13th worldwide with 93 total Sages.

A few days back, Hurricane Electric had a chance to catch up with the 5000th Sage and ask him some questions. Here’s what Daniel had to say about the certification.

Hurricane Electric (HE): Congratulations on getting to Sage and thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions.
Daniel Harzenmoser (DH): I will try to answer them. It was a lot of effort for me to achieve the Sage level, so why shouldn’t I answer a few more questions? :)

HE: Why did you start thinking about IPv6?
DH: I was already thinking about IPv6 some years ago, when it became obvious that IPv4 address space would run out in due course.

HE: How did you hear about Hurricane Electric’s IPv6 Certification?
DH: A friend of mine told me about June 6th, the day of IPv6 World Launch, and that HE’s certification achievement gets you an IPv6 t-shirt.

HE: How much time did it take you to complete the certification?
DH: About 8 hours over 2-3 weeks’ time.

HE: Did you need to use any other resources from Hurricane Electric to complete the certification?
DH: Yes, the free DNS and the IPv6 Tunnel Broker.

HE: Do you know any other IPv6 Sages?
DH: Good question… Just the friend who told me about the t-shirt and IPv6 World Launch.

HE: What advice would you give to someone starting out with IPv6?
DH: Patience, perseverance, and an appropriate router (and any accompanying software).

HE: Would you recommend the certification to friends/colleagues?
DH: Of course!

HE: What is your next challenge/lesson/certification to take on?
DH: Swiss “Amateur Funklizenz” to be capable of further experiments in data communications.

HE: What could we change, add, or take out of the IPv6 certification?
DH: Leave it as it is … it is almost perfect.

HE: Do you have any favorite networking/geek jokes to share with us?
DH: “Unix is user-friendly, it’s just picky about its friends.”

A big thank you to Daniel Harzenmoser for chatting with us about the certification. For those of you who haven’t yet reached Sage or who have friends and colleagues who might be interested, we hope Daniel’s story motivates you to try the IPv6 certification. We wish you all good luck and we look forward to accrediting the next 5000 IPv6 Sages.

Hurricane Electric’s Looking Glass and Route Server Utility

Hurricane Electric is proud to offer a number of free services.  We provide a dual-stack DNS management tool with dynamic DNS support, an IPv6 certification program used worldwide in 101 countries, an IPv6 Tunnel Broker currently supporting 75,000 user-created tunnels, and a newly released interactive programming service which has already delivered nearly 500,000 exercises since its inception.

One other service that you may have seen mentioned is Hurricane Electric’s Network Looking Glass.  In general, the looking glass allows you to examine network behavior like connectivity, path, and routing information from various vantage points in Hurricane Electric’s (awesome) network.  Looking glasses are commonly used for verifying routing between providers.

There are two ways to access Hurricane Electric’s looking glass.  The first is to telnet to our public route server at and the second option is to use the web interface available at  Our web-based looking glass utility is a unique PHP/Perl blend which was created in-house in Fremont, California.

Upon visiting, you’ll find a list of some of our routers at core locations and commands that you can run to a specified destination.  The “ping” command displays roundtrip time between the selected Hurricane Electric node and the specified IP address.  “Traceroute,” on the other hand, shows all router hops encountered in the path between the specified router and IP address. Also available through is the BGP Route command and IPv4/IPv6 BGP summaries which display Border Gateway Protocol route propagation information.

What reasons are there for using Hurricane Electric’s looking glass?  Besides offering transparency in how we operate our backbone infrastructure, you can evaluate to some degree how our network stacks up to your current provider.  Feel free to check out how well-connected Hurricane Electric is and how you might benefit from buying transit with us or by peering (write to and for more info).

In truth, a looking glass is more for network operators and ‘Net geeks who love everything about “pushing bits.”  The ping command allows us to see that a device is up and capable of returning packets and traceroute can help diagnose network routing issues while following a packet to its destination.  The BGP commands are a bit of a different story.

Border Gateway Protocol is a routing protocol similar to RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, and IS-IS, but is instead an exterior gateway protocol used to connect all the different autonomous systems (AS) across the Internet.  This allows ISPs to connect to each other and end-users to connect to more than one ISP, something known as multi-homing.

BGP keeps a table of IP network prefixes which announce connectivity between those ASes; the protocol then makes decisions based on this reachability information and on path and network policies.  Using the BGP Route command shows matching routes with status details; the BGP Summary (IPv4 and IPv6) commands show a limited view of the BGP routing table used for a given route in Hurricane Electric’s network.

So the Hurricane Electric looking glass can be very useful. If you change routing announcements, it’s possible to check that your routing changes were correctly deployed and that the “world” is seeing your network the way you planned.  You can utilize looking glasses to verify that your routes are propagating correctly across the Internet and to see whether any are “flapping” (when a destination network is advertised via one route then another in quick succession).  If we’re one of your upstream providers, you can make sure that we’re seeing your announced prefixes.  Troubleshooting, like checking for consistency across networks or for a filter change that might be blocking your routes, is also possible on looking glasses.

Visit to try out the utility and all its functions for yourself.  If you have any questions (or you’ve decided to pull the trigger on buying transit), be sure to send us an email.

Hurricane Electric IPv6 Gear

As soon as we started giving away t-shirts to all of our Hurricane Electric IPv6 Sages, they became a sort of badge of honor for the thousands of Sages who have received them so far.

The Sage shirts are free, but they don’t come easy.  The IPv6 certification is designed not just for theoretical but practical knowledge and use of IPv6.  For that reason, you won’t be able to purchase an IPv6 Sage t-shirt.

However, you’re now able to obtain a few other items to express your love of IPv6 knowledge at the Hurricane Electric IPv6 store by CafePress.

You never know what sort of conversations some IPv6 gear will start up.  For all current IPv6 Sages, consider it an extension of the free t-shirt you’ve already earned.  To all of the future Hurricane Electric Sages, we hope some IPv6 gear will be the stimulus you need to get out there and attain your certification.

At the very least, it’s one more way to share in the growing deployment of the new principal communications protocol for the global Internet.

Thank you to our online community for all your kind words.

Over the past few months, we’ve received some messages via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Yelp from Hurricane Electric fans.  By reading them, we hope you find insight into the type of company we are, whether you are considering us for colocation, IP transit, or dedicated server services.  To everyone who sent us a message, thank you for helping to build Hurricane Electric’s online community.  We appreciate it.

via Facebook:

I’m continually impressed by the increasing number of services that Hurricane Electric provides the community for free. Thank you sincerely for all of them!
– Joe G.

I’d like to say that I find you one of the best things since sliced bread.  Thanks for your support and this certification program. I will keep trying until I’m one of Hurricane Electric’s IPv6 Sages.
– Juraj G.

The best support I’ve seen with any transit provider.
– Gregg B.

I think I am the only one in my company who knows what IPv6 is and the advantages it presents. TY HE.NET!
– Paul N.

You made my life easy.
– John A.

Thanks for all your help making these videos that explain about IPv6 and the events that will soon be taking place. HE is probably the best source on the web to stay in the loop about it.
– Garry C.

I wish Indonesian ISPs were more like HE.
– Deni H.

First of all I want to say thanks.  Hurricane Electric is the best company.
– Keligii M.

Thank YOU for bringing IPv6 to the unserved masses such as myself.
– Patrick L.

Just want to send a big THANK YOU to Hurricane Electric for all the free services you provide to the community.
– Justin H.

via Yelp:

I moved in on a Sunday and had a little misconfiguration issue on the HE side. They actually called an engineer on Sunday night at 5pm and the issue was resolved within minutes.  Great customer service goes a long way since it has become a thing in the past.
– Cory M.

So far our experience with Hurricane Electric has been excellent.  Friendly, knowledgeable sales and technical staff.
– Eric S.

In an age of robotic web hosting companies, stands out because of superior customer service and caring attention to solving problems. I love the fact that I can ask for a particular employee and they actually know who I am.  Nowhere else on the web can you find that kind of service anymore!
– Shere C.

We’ve been with Hurricane Electric for over 7 years, as are many of our customers.  We love the non-complicated user interface, the fact that real people answer the support phone, that people go over and above to help you out, and the rates are very competitive.
– Kelly R.

I love these guys, they’re fantastic. I’ve been hosting with them for almost 8 years and they continue to impress me with their responsiveness and innovation. Even in the middle of the night, I get a response to my tech support query in admirable time with a solution.
– Alex H.

We’ve been purchasing services from Hurricane Electric for about 10 years now. You will not find a better service provider for shared hosting or colocation. Their support staff is awesome, responsive, and knowledgable.  The bandwidth is high quality, and I get excellent pings to my equipment in Fremont 2 from anywhere in the world.  The support for IPv6 is incredible. It’s like they’ve been at it for YEARS! Oh, wait… they have.
– Chris H.

The guys and dolls at HE have saved my butt more times than I can count.
– Patricia A.

Excellent datacenter, their staff is technical and provided quick service via email.  5 stars in all areas that matter.
– Chris L.

via Twitter:

Hurricane Electric support is unreal, especially for their free services. Wish my ISP was as responsive and as knowledgeable.
– @mfsampson

Hurricane Electric, the most BA internet provider ever, has a really good free DNS service.
– @vasilly60

Just set up my first IPv6 tunnel with Hurricane Electric from my home router. Extremely easy web-based set-up tool! Props to
– @jasonhevans

Hurricane Electric was always solid when I dealt with them in the past.
– @brianlmoon

Just had the quickest response to a support email ever.’s response time was under 60 seconds. HE is all epic win.
– @phoenixkv

Best tunnel broker out there!
– @ioc32

The BGP Looking Glass tool is really nice, wish I’d discovered it sooner.
– @NigelIJ

Hurricane Electric is a great place to start (for IPv6). Free tunneling, plus good walk-through certification.
– @ak_hepcat

Wearing my new IPv6 Sage shirt from Hurricane Electric, a very professional team.
– @rootk

Thanks for the free DNS services. They are totally awesome!
– @dolphinaura

The guys at really have it figured out!
– @austonianb

Just noticed that our IPv6 BGP feed reached 3000 prefixes – nice milestone. And thank you, Hurricane Electric, for your services!
– @atoonk

I am impressed with and grateful to Hurricane Electric Internet Services for outstanding IPv6 support.
– @dawkco

Once again, thank you to all the Hurricane Electric fans.