Hurricane Electric is POP-ing Up All Over

Hurricane Electric provides Internet transit and virtual circuits via our globe-spanning network of Point-Of-Presence (POP) locations. We have over thirty core-router locations in major cities in the US, Europe and Asia and we are adding new 10GigE sites every month.

Recently Added:

  • The Pittock Building, 921 SW Washington St., Portland, Oregon
  • Telx Phoenix, 120 East Van Buren, 3rd Floor, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Comfluent, 910 15th St, Suite 740, Denver, Colorado
  • Level 3, 1100 Walnut St, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oak Tower, 324 East 11th St, Kansas City, Missouri

Details and a complete list of our transit locations are available at

Contact your HE sales representative today to find out how your business can take advantage of Hurricane Electric’s Internet Transit Services

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Simply log into and verify your address information. After making certain everything is correct (remember to click “Update Info”), you will see t-shirt size selections for S/M/L/XL/XXL and a button to submit your preferred shirt size and log that you have validated your address. [This offer is optional and your address will only be used for sending the t-shirt.]

Helpful Hints for Colocation Clients

Careful Positioning of Equipment

Servers come in many lengths. You should place shorter machines on top of longer machines when possible so the mouse, keyboard and video connectors may be easily reached.

Boot Without Keyboard

Check your server’s BIOS to ensure checking for keyboard attached is disabled. This will keep the infamous message “Keyboard not found – Press F1 to continue” from popping up after a power cycle or reboot.

Practice Safe Scripting

The Problem:
When installed correctly, CGI scripts provide great functionality for web sites, enabling shopping cart programs, database access and dynamically generated displays of information. But incorrectly installed or outdated CGI scripts are an open invitation to hackers and are a common way web servers are compromised.

Rule One: Finish the installation. It’s tempting to ignore the last step in an installation script. You know the one. It’s where the user is told to change the permissions on this folder or that folder and to remove the install script. After all, your shopping cart program or image gallery is working and it’s much more fun to begin working with that instead of finishing those mundane cleanup tasks. But – this is often how hackers get in. Because the install script is still there and because the folders often remain writeable by anyone, script kiddies can find their way in.

Rule Two: Don’t put “Powered by” on your home page. Yes, it’s nice to give credit where credit is due, but that just makes it easier for the hackers who use search engines to look for web sites using CGI scripts with known vulnerabilities. If you insist on displaying the name of the software then keep the version number vague.

Rule Three: Keep your CGI scripts up-to-date. There is a reason developers release new versions of their scripts. Bugs are fixed, improvements are made and most importantly, security holes are patched. Running an out-of-date CGI script is an invitation to hackers to attack your web site. Be responsible and help Hurricane Electric keep your web site safe.

Backing Up is Hard to Do (but very important)

Grace Hopper once said that hardware has no importance. It is only the information stored on it that matters.

The information you have on your web site is what’s important, not the speed at which the server runs or the bandwidth of your Internet connection. To this end, it is incumbent upon everyone to ensure their files are backed up frequently.

Backing up the hidden elements of your web site
Modern web sites employ many techniques to create and deliver their content. Web sites are often driven by php and perl scripts, with much of their content stored in MySQL databases. Simply ‘capturing’ a set of web pages – viewing them in a browser and saving them as files – won’t back up these hidden elements.

If you are working with a web developer, be certain to ask them about what scripts that have been employed in the creation of your web site as well as how and where they are backed up. If your web site uses a database, ask your developer about the frequency with which it is backed up and where those backups are stored. Remember, the best place to store any backup is somewhere physically away from the web server itself.

If you don’t have a web developer or no longer work with whoever created your web site then you should find someone local and ask them to review your web site and its backup procedures and update them where needed.

Helpful Hints For HE Colocation Customers

Careful positioning of equipment in rack – Heat rises. That’s a fact we all know and understand, but it’s a fact that is often forgotten when servers are placed in a rack. Today’s servers pack a lot of hardware into ever-smaller enclosures and increasing care must be taken to ensure the airflow in the cabinet is adequate. We recommend using empty vertical space between pieces of equipment to maximize airflow, with equipment generating the most heat placed toward the bottom of the cabinet. Care should also be taken not to block the vent at the top of the cabinet, as that is the optimum path for the escape of warm air.

In our new colocation Suite 1200 we have implemented a hot and cold aisle arrangement. Cold air from the air conditioners is forced through one aisle while an updraft removes hot air on the next. You should position your equipment so that the intake fans are facing the cold aisle side and the exhaust fans the hot side.

Did You Know?
Our support staff can check the temperature in and around your cabinet for you.

Getting Ready for IPv6

Setting Up a Tunnel Broker for Your Workplace

Even if the ISP through which you receive Internet service does not yet support IPv6, you can use the free Hurricane Electric Tunnel Broker to connect your IPv6-enabled network to the IPv6 Internet and other IPv6 servers and networks.

How Does a Tunnel Broker Work?
A Tunnel Broker provides a service that encapsulates IPv6 packets inside IPv4 packets, allowing them to pass through networks using older IPv4 routers and switches.

How to Use the Hurricane Electric Tunnel Broker
Use of the Hurricane Electric Tunnel Broker is simple and free. Visit our web site and fill out the registration form. In minutes you will be connected to the IPv6 Internet. While you are there, take some time to enroll in our free IPv6 certification program!

Hurricane Electric and IPv6
With close to ten years of experience, Hurricane Electric is leading the Internet industry in the integration and deployment of IPv6 with a global reach and more BGP adjacencies (an industry-accepted method of measuring IPv6 deployment) than any other Internet provider. Since 2007, Hurricane Electric core routers and backbone have supported both IPv4 and IPv6 in native mode. All Hurricane Electric network servers, including DNS, SMTP and NTP, are IPv6-compliant. Throughout the US, Europe and Asia, each point-of-presence (POP) within the HE network is IPv6-enabled. The result of this planning, development and deployment is that IPv6 is available today to all Hurricane Electric colocation, transit and dedicated server customers.

Hurricane Electric Goes Green

Hurricane Electric is doing its part to reduce energy consumption. Suite 1200, our new 24,000 square-foot colocation floor, makes use of a state-of-the art power deployment system, bringing electricity where it’s needed with maximum efficiency. In addition, our new McQuay Maverick II Rooftop™ HVAC system boasts VFDs, powered exhaust and a 100% economizer mode. Combined, these two new systems reduce our carbon footprint considerably. As a result, Hurricane Electric has been recently recognized by PG&E as leading the way in maximizing power efficiency for data centers.

“Our energy-efficient infrastructure reduces our carbon footprint,” said Benny Ng, Hurricane Electric’s Director of Infrastructure. “But it also reduces our energy bills, making our services more cost-competitive.”

The facility is outfitted with popular colocation amenities, including 24/7 on-site knowledgeable staff, sophisticated up-flow HVAC systems, and uninterruptible power sources with back-up generators. The facility also contains a state-of-the-art digital-video surveillance system that monitors every entrance, exit, hallway and rack in the facility. Contact your HE sales representative today to find out how your business can take advantage of this IPv6-enabled, state-of-the-art facility.

Our Fremont 2 Datacenter

Check out our latest and greatest space in Fremont, California.

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* Approximately 200,000 square feet
* 24 x 7 x 365 Onsite Staff
* 24 x 7 x 365 Remote Hands
* 24 x 7 x 365 Access
* Suites
* Individually locked cabinets
* Conditioned and back-up power
* Custom designed video surveillance of every cabinet
* Card keyed doors and other onsite security measures

If you’re looking for space, look no further. Get a quote today!