November, 2010:

IPv6 Changes for Secondary DNS

As part of our migration of all IPv6 services into 2607:fe70::/32, the Secondary DNS servers will be getting new addresses. They are:

  • ns1.rollernet.us 2607:fe70:0:3::b
  • ns2.rollernet.us 2607:fe70:0:4::b

If you are performing zone transfers using IPv6, please permit these addresses as slaves on your masters. If you have reassigned our IP addresses to NS records under your domain please update your DNS. The old addresses have been depreciated and will stop answering queries soon.

Four /8 Blocks Allocated to the RIRs

Re-posted from the arin-announce mailing list:

Today, 30 November 2010, the IANA allocated four /8s to the RIRs – 23/8 and 100/8 to ARIN and 5/8 and 37/8 to RIPE NCC. This leaves only seven /8s remaining in IANA free pool of IPv4 addresses, or 2.73% of the total.

When the IANA IPv4 free pool has only five /8 blocks remaining, they will be simultaneously distributed to the five RIRs in accordance with global policy. This means that only two blocks remain to be handed out under the normal distribution method.

With so little IPv4 address space left in the global free pool, ARIN continues to emphasize the need for all Internet stakeholders to adopt the next generation of Internet Protocol, IPv6.

Visit https://www.arin.net/knowledge/v4-v6.html for more information on IPv6 adoption, or contact us at info@arin.net with any questions.

Regards,

Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

As to what we, Roller Network, are doing:

  • All of our hosting services (dedicated servers, colocation, etc.) already have dual-stack native IPv6 available.
  • All of our DNS services are accessible over IPv6.
  • Our outbound mail (submission, smarthost) accepts connections and can send to other IPv6 enabled MTAs.
  • Our hosted mail boxes (IMAP, POP3) are accessable via IPv6.
  • Our internet access services in Reno (metro Ethernet, fixed wireless) are dual-stack IPv6 native.

Generator Test Run Video

I made a quick improvised video of our automatic generator test cycle using my cell phone just for fun this morning for a bit of an inside look at Roller Network and the general sequence of how our generator self test operates. The common practice is to test monthly without load, but simply idling a generator doesn’t indicate it will work during a real outage. Diesels also don’t like to be idled and shut off; they like to work loaded. Unless you take the system on load you aren’t actually testing the whole transfer path.

The most common fault for datacenter transfer switches is failing to transfer. By taking ours on load for tests, we can prove this critical junction between utility and backup power is fully functional.

I recorded this on my EVO which unfortunately doesn’t adjust focus once it starts recording, so everything but the display screens are blurry.

Celebrating 365 Days in our New Facility

A year ago on Nov. 22, 2009 shortly after we moved into our new facility with our then new UPS system, we experienced a generator fault that took our UPS offline. We’re fortunate that this incident took place early and afforded us the opportunity to fine tune our electrical system so that we can now mark a full year of uninterrupted service at Roller Network’s new facility in Reno.

Today, November 22, 2010 at 14:33 local time (UTC-8) we are pleased to officially announce 365 days of uninterrupted facility availability at Roller Network. Over the last year our facility has successfully insulated its customers from many external events caused by weather or human error as it was intended to.

  • We’ve tested our generator on load 26 times, or every two weeks, for a period of one hour each. These tests were performed in a fully automatic manner without any human intervention.
  • There have been at least two utility outages that initiated an automatic generator start and transfer outside of the scheduled testing. In conjunction with the UPS, the generator successfully powered our facility for several hours until utility power was restored.
  • We performed at least one “lights out” test. In this test we open the building service disconnect to simulate a utility outage, whereas the bi-weekly generator tests are performed by the exerciser clock with an option to fall back to utility power. This also lets us practice running the business office without full power available and refine procedures.

Thank you to all of our customers who continue to support us: it is because of you that we are able to continue to maintain our facility to such standards.

End of 2010 Colocation Pricing

The end of 2010 special pricing offers have now expired.

If you’re interested in colocating with Roller Network, contact us at sales@rollernet.us or +1-775-284-0383. Same day setup is available for servers in shared space. We welcome colocations of all size: personal servers, businesses requiring multiple racks, and everything in between.