Hurricane Electric Adds 17 More POPs

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

  1. Telvent in Barcelona, Spain (December 5)
  2. Telecity AMS2 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (December 3)
  3. Global Switch in Singapore (November 17)
  4. Equinix in Frankfurt, Germany (November 13)
  5. Interxion in Dusseldorf, Germany (November 10)
  6. Global Connect in Hamburg, Germany (November 6)
  7. Digital Realty, 210 Tucker in St. Louis, Missouri (November 3)
  8. Digital Realty, 900 Walnut in St. Louis, Missouri (November 3)
  9. Colo Atl, 55 Marietta in Atlanta, Georgia (September 24)
  10. Telecity Kilcarbery Park, Dublin, Ireland (DUB1) (September 18)
  11. Digital Realty’s 365 Main in San Francisco, California (August 25);
  12. Equinix in Hong Kong, China  (August 18);
  13. Equinix MU1 in Munich, Germany (August 11);
  14. Nebraska Colocation Centers (NCC) in Omaha, Nebraska (August 4);
  15. DC74 Data Center in Charlotte, North Carolina (July 30);
  16. Markley/One Summer Street in Boston, Massachusetts (June 3); and
  17. 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 sales@he.net for more information.

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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 (bix.hu) (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.

HE.net 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.)

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 route-server.he.net and the second option is to use the web interface available at lg.he.net.  Our web-based looking glass utility is a unique PHP/Perl blend which was created in-house in Fremont, California.

Upon visiting lg.he.net, 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 lg.he.net 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 sales@he.net and peering@he.net 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 lg.he.net 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.