American Express Centurion card

29 July, 2011 (17:29) | Business as usual | 2 comments

As a frequent flyer this card will certainly be very useful. It includes programs for upgrades at hotels and airlines world wide and various perks on booking and one of the best travel and buyer protection insurance programs. A nice detail: these Amex black cards are made of titanium!

Global Crossing at SmartDC

27 July, 2011 (14:31) | Hosting industry |

Global Crossing is now connected with a path to Amsterdam and one to Paris. This completes the redundant connection of Rotterdam datacenter SmartDC to Global Crossing.

Other carriers include Level3 (Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Rotterdam to Brussels) and NLIX, EUnetworks, Eurofiber and more.

Level3 connects SmartDC datacenter in Rotterdam

14 July, 2011 (14:32) | Hosting industry |

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has been selected by Rotterdam-based game server provider Interactive 3D B.V. (i3D.net) to provide high-speed IP (HSIP) services to support the company’s network scalability and connectivity needs, as well as wavelength transport services out of Level 3’s Rotterdam point-of-presence, allowing Interactive 3D B.V. to peer in multiple locations.

“On a daily basis, more than one million people play games on Interactive 3D hosted servers, and our ultimate goal is to help our customers deliver the best online experience possible for those gamers in terms of low latency, stability and reliability,” said Stijn Koster, CEO of Interactive 3D. “With Level 3, we’re getting the scalability of a Tier 1 network at our fingertips and a team as committed to the customer experience as we are.”

Level 3’s services give Interactive 3D a flexible solution to meet growing demand for Internet connectivity from its games customers, further enable connectivity to European Internet exchanges and provide more peering options at multiple locations. The services are the result of Level 3 expanding its network presence in The Netherlands through the creation of a point-of-presence (PoP) in the SmartDC datacenter in Rotterdam.

“Our relationship with Interactive 3D in Rotterdam is largely the result of our commitment to deepening our presence in Europe, providing greater connectivity options and consistently delivering service excellence,” said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. “We’re regularly identifying opportunities like this to provide more of the telecommunications services our customers want in the locations that will allow them to more effectively grow their businesses.”

The Level 3 PoP in Rotterdam is part of a broader company initiative to deepen its presence in Europe in line with demand. PoPs give customers a central point of secure and reliable access to Level 3’s highly scalable global network. In some cases, Level 3 will have several PoPs in a single city, giving customers access the telecommunications services they need in a location that is convenient for their business. Currently, Level 3’s network presence spans more than 20 European countries.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.level3.com. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

About Interactive 3D
Interactive 3D B.V. (i3D.net) is a Rotterdam-based game server provider with hosting locations in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia. Our software and hosting services are used by game developers and publishers worldwide to support triple A game titles. Visit www.i3d.net for more information on our global game services.

i3D says “FireDaemon is the heart of all our software”

4 July, 2011 (17:17) | Business as usual, Hosting industry |

Europe’s Premier Co-location and Game Service Provider i3D says “FireDaemon is the heart of all our software”
Overview
Interactive 3D (i3D.net) is the largest game hoster in Europe with a 36,000 sq. ft. datacenter in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. They have 4000 servers in Rotterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Tokyo, Sydney and Washington DC. i3D is an Electronic Arts Trusted Partner and hosts various game-community websites and events. Next to gaming services, they also offer dedicated servers and co-location in their Rotterdam facility.

Over 1,000,000 gamers log on daily on i3D game servers. They own over 4,000 latest generation Intel Xeon servers and use both Windows 2008 and Linux. i3D hosts over 15,000 game and voice servers and are expanding rapidly. i3D reported 844% growth over the past years.

The Challenge
This new world arose from a basic desire, to control costs and ensure security and dependability. With the exponential growth of i3D, they needed to handle more and more clients and servers every day. The expansion meant an increase in customer support. With the high number of users, the greatest challenge for Stijn Koster, i3D’s CEO, was keeping up with the ever increasing number of resource issues and administration costs.

i3D uses an in-house developed Control Panel for total control on all their game, voice and web servers. “The challenge was to automate this process in order to lower and minimize our maintenance costs” said Stijn. “Network stability and uptime is foremost to our business”.

The Solution
The most important selling point of FireDaemon was its individuality and ease of use. “FireDaemon made it possible to automate a lot of work and is the direct result of a lower load on our support team”.
FireDaemon is a quick start for their in-house developed Control Panel Software. i3D have saved on a lot of development time and cost by implementing FireDaemon in January 2006, instead of building their own in-house solution. “FireDaemon is stable, fast and uses almost no resources. FireDaemon is unique and we are unable to find one single product with the same capabilities”.
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“FireDaemon is the heart of all of our software”

Results

With FireDaemon, i3D are able to automate a lot of standard jobs. They have tripled their completed support work with the same support staff in the last few months of installation. This accomplishment has helped i3D concentrate on what it does best: providing a cost effective, secure, stable and resilient network services to their clients.

About FireDaemon Technologies Limited FireDaemon Technologies Limited, based in Cambridge, UK is the world leader in service management solutions for Microsoft Windows and has been providing software solutions to the industry since 1996. FireDaemon Technologies Limited, a privately held corporation, has been successful in identifying market needs and providing tools to meet those needs including commercial and FOSS products such as FireDaemon Lite, FireDaemon Pro, FireDaemon Fusion, PanelDaemon and daeMON. More information on FireDaemon Technologies Limited is available at FireDaemon.com.

Source: http://www.firedaemon.com/pdf/i3d-case-study.pdf

More paperwork

1 July, 2011 (14:33) | Business as usual, Hosting industry |

The holding company now participates in a number of promising companies such as backupruimte.nl. These companies provide value to end-users and resellers currently being served by i3D.net.

The paperwork involved in the setup and organization of each and every participation is a time consuiming process – the more you do it, the easier it gets.

i3D.net completes second CDSA audit

24 May, 2011 (07:45) | Business as usual |

Thanks to great work by Rick, Mirjam and the datacenter technicians, we passed the second audit, May 2011.