A Dozen New POPs in 6 months (January to June, 2016)

We’ve added a dozen new global Points of Presence (POPs) to our global IP Transit network in the first six months of 2016 — with more coming soon!

  1. July 18: Teraco, Johannesburg, South Africa — our fifth continent!
  2. June 19: Interxion, Brussels/Zaventum, Belgium
  3. June 13: Neutral Path, Belle Plaine, Minnesota
  4. June  6: Chief Telecom LY, Taipei, Taiwan
  5. May 27: ACT, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  6. May 16: LuxConnect, Bettembourg, Luxembourg
  7. Feb 22: Equinix SP2, Sao Paulo, Brazil — our fourth continent!
  8. Feb 15: Itconic, Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Feb  8: Elion/Eesti Telecom, Tallinn, Estonia
  10. Feb  1: Data Logistics Ctr, Vilnius, Lithuania
  11. Jan 25: DR Fortress, Honolulu, Hawaii
  12. Jan 20: LVRTC, Riga, Latvia
  13. Jan 14: Digita DC, Helsinki, Finland

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We’re hiring! [Updated August 2016]  Hurricane Electric is always looking for new employees who are the “right fit”  for our unique company in Fremont, California. (But do not reply to this post to apply! Follow the instructions.)

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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.

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


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.)

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, he.net 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 he.net.
– @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. he.net’s response time was under 60 seconds. HE is all epic win.
– @phoenixkv

Best tunnel broker out there!
– @ioc32

The he.net 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 he.net for the free DNS services. They are totally awesome!
– @dolphinaura

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

Just noticed that our he.net 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.

Why IPv6 Today? Martin Levy interviews with Brocade

Some variants on a question you’ll often hear at an Internet meet-up or conference: “What equipment do you use?” and “What routers are you relying on?”  If you’ve met up with Mike, Martin, or Owen somewhere along the road, you’ll find the answer to that question very quickly: Hurricane Electric’s network is built with Brocade switches and routers.

In a recent video interview, Martin got a chance to talk about Hurricane Electric’s use of Brocade equipment, IPv6 development, and our efforts to maintain one of the world’s most efficient and reliable networks.

Here’s what he shared:

“Hurricane Electric runs a very high bandwidth network.  Our primary customers are buying wholesale IP backbone bandwidth.

That means that the performance – the performance of the core, the performance of the interface out to the user, the performance of our internet peering that is key to our networking success – all has to be best in class, best in history.  We do have that on this platform, and we have that and we have it in a way that is manageable and in a way that enables us to continue to grow.

We know that we can add significantly to this network both geographically and in bandwidth, and in the ability for us to handle the continuing complexity of Internet routing.  For example, we know that even if the Internet backbone routing table size doubles or more, we’re still in good shape.  If we know that, as our IPv4/IPv6 routing changes to where v6 becomes far more important, that we will end up having no problem in holding enormous amounts of routes.  And yet not end up losing any performance while we do that.

For Hurricane Electric, we are about providing access to the Internet and the Internet is changing at the moment.  We are going from a pure IPv4 network, a network that was partly designed in a research world not expected to last this long nearly 28-30 years ago, to now where we’re looking at a network that needs transition.  IPv6 is that transition.

It provides the additional address space, it provides various features that enable the Internet to continue to grow.  But it requires service providers like ourselves to take IPv6 seriously. and for us to take IPv6 seriously, we need a vendor that supplies us that takes IPv6 seriously.

Our company is known globally as both largest IPv6 backbone but more importantly, as one that has been at the leading edge of pushing this commercially and throughout other vertical sectors. In our case, we needed a platform that would make IPv4 delivery and IPv6 delivery on equal terms.  It’s called dual stacking, but more importantly you must be as good in the IPv4 world as you are in the IPv6 world or vice versa. And that’s what we had as a requirement both for our hardware and also for our services and capabilities within, in our case, our network operations center.

V6 is probably the single most important thing that is, or should be, on people’s minds at the present moment if they’re operating a network.  If they’re relying on the global internet, then they need to understand why v6 is important.  We know that we’ve got the solution for our customers from that point of view. but more importantly, we have a platform that has been delivering for us, now for many years, the required v4/v6 services.

So our network is not just about moving bits. If we can’t measure where they go, then we’re pretty much running blind.  And measurement is not just the simple management of how much bandwidth is on a port, whether internal to the network or to a customer.

We rely on the sFlow platform and the data we get from the routers in order to understand where our traffic is flowing. Not just at the large level, at the tens of gigs worth of traffic, but sometimes even down to the 50 or 100 kilobits worth of data that is flowing around that may be at issue for some form or another.  sFlow data fed out of the routers, collected, and then for us interpreted real time, with history being kept in the region of about 5-6 months worth of data, is enough for us to understand where our bits are flowing.

We can save money by doing this, we can improve the quality to our customer, and more importantly than all of that, we know for such a large network, that we are operating in a reliable and efficient manner.”

Video credits go to Brocade.

Hurricane Electric & YouTube

Many moons ago, president of Hurricane Electric Mike Leber had the idea that YouTube webcasts could be another way that customers would like to connect with HE.  That idea came to fruition in August of 2010.

We’ve been an early leader in the world of IPv6 and it followed easily that updates on v6 news, strategy, and planning would be an asset to our customer base.

If you take a look at the older webcasts, you might chuckle.  Actually, you’ll probably point your finger at the computer screen and laugh wildly at the quality, or lack thereof, in the earliest webcasts.  But as with many YouTube channels that eventually find their niche, the Hurricane Electric YouTube channel has improved over the months in video and broadcast quality.

From the IANA IPv4 global pool depletion to setting up v6 in the home to true dual stack compatibility, Hurricane Electric webcasts have offered the very latest in IPv6 developments.

We’re always looking to share the success stories that our customers have enjoyed.  If your organization has used Hurricane Electric services to transition to IP Next Generation (IPng) a.k.a. IPv6, we’d be interested in hearing about it.  Send a message to the YouTube channel and we can set up an interview or meeting.

Hurricane Electric IPv6 Update

We periodically mail out newsletters to our customers on the state of IPv6 deployment and developments/news in the field.  Be sure to watch for updates to our blog — we’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date.

IANA IPv4 Exhaustion

At a ceremony held on 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated the remaining last five /8s of IPv4 address space to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) in accordance with the Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space. With this action, the free pool of available IPv4 addresses is now fully depleted.

To read the full text of this announcement, please go to:

World IPv6 Day

Facebook, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO), websites with more than one billion combined visits each day, are joining major content delivery networks Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) and Limelight Networks (NASDAQ: LLNW), and the Internet Society, for the first global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6.  On June 8, 2011, dubbed World IPv6 Day, participants will enable IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours.  Cisco, Juniper, Hurricane Electric, and Bing have also announced their participation.

For more information, please see:

At Hurricane Electric, we’re glad to say that every day is an IPv6 day.

IPv6 Deployment Growth

The global IPv6 routing table has passed 4000 IPv6 prefixes.  Of the 37134 networks in the world running BGP, the number running IPv6 has increased to 3321, or 8.9 percent.

Source:  http://bgp.he.net/ipv6-progress-report.cgi

Hurricane Electric Updated Network Map

We’ve continued to expand our network.  Check out our newest network map here:

Hurricane Electric now has over 6000 BGP sessions with over 1600 IPv4 and IPv6 networks at 45 different exchange points in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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