Service status updates at Timico – Thunderbirds are go

Some time ago I mentioned we were working on a new service status update page for the Timico website. Well the status of this service is now “up”. It’s been in testing for some time but I welcome any comments or observations as you come across them. There is a lot of system development going […]

The communications world of the future #TimicoDC

For the odd one of you that missed last week’s datacentre opening day I now have a few photos to fling your way (rhyming purely coincidental but reveals a deep natural talent 🙂 ) We had a great line up of VIP guests including from Newark Madam Mayoress, Mr Mayor and our local Member of […]

Video games killed the art of conversation – spot the game megaprize competition #TimicoDC

We had a hugely successful data centre opening event at Timico yesterday – 210 customers, prospective customers and business partners came along and, if I say so myself, had a great time (and were impressed 🙂 ). More on this as soon as I’ve assembled the photos etc – I’m on the move at the […]

Protest against #SOPA #TimicoDC

The Stop Online Piracy Act SOPA bill is being considered by legislators in the USA as a means of combating online copyright infringement.  “The bill is so over broad and badly written that it is going to impact all kinds of things that don’t have anything to do with stopping piracy” –  Jimmy Wales, founder, […]

The social media summary of the world record attempt

 The world record attempt started at 6am on Thursday 5th Feb and ended at 6am the following day. There are three stories to tell here. The first is the charity fundraising aspect that was covered on Friday. Second is the social media story. This was an event largely promoted using the #comment24 hashtag on twitter […]

View from inside a Network Operations Centre #digitalbritain

I’m excited to say that the new NOC is now up and running as the header photo shows. The screen content is evolving at the moment but is intended to serve as a useful visual monitor of what is going on in the Timico network. The photo on the left shows the room being built. The […]

Education, education, education – the training facility at the new datacentre and NOC

Education, education, education as the old Tony Blair1 mantra had it makes it easier to sell a house  2 ISP services.  The header photo, beautifully artistic I’m sure you will agree, is of the training room on the top floor of the new Timico data centre and NOC in Newark. This is a highly technical business […]

Domain Names for Sale – Protecting the Openreach Superfast Fibre Broadband Roadmap #fttc

Following yesterday’s post I can confirm that hyperfast-openreach, ultrafast-openreach and uberfast-openreach domains are available for sale for all suffixes. There is a domain name checker here if someone from Openreach wants to take a look. I can arrange purchase if they drop me a line. All part of the service. No problem. They need to […]

Interactive network design the Newark way

I hope these guys really appreciate what we do for them at Timico. First we build them a brand new data centre. Then we put in a state of the art coffee machine closely followed by a kennel. And now they get an interactive white board to play with!!! I’m beginning to feel like a […]

A peek inside the boardroom

Ever wondered what goes on inside a board room? Important decisions? Tea or coffee? Cappucino, Americano, latte?  One sugar or two? All of the above 🙂  Obviously a lot more gets discussed as well and I am pleased to be able to show you our new accommodation. I haven’t yet decided where to sit  – […]

We are in! – new Timico datacentre

At 10am this morning, 28th November 2011 we officially took delivery of a datacentre. Not quite the same impact as the ceremony that ended the first world war (10th hour of the 28th day doesn’t sound quite the same as 11th hour of the 11th day) but hey… I’m not even sure there was a […]

Psst wanna buy a Storage Area Network? #SAN #EMC

When a man in a white van turns up at your place offering you a good deal on a Storage Area Network what do you do? In our case we were expecting him to turn up though I suspect he had no idea what was in the boxes. I wouldn’t normally bother writing about this […]

That first cup of tea is always the best #Timico #Datacentre #10GigE

Some more photographic action from the new data centre – we get the keys next week and today we have been in doing some preparation. Firstly we installed a small server with some basic utilities to get us up and running when the meaty kit arrives on Monday.   Then we made a cup of […]

Where there is technology there is art

I am often asked for updates on the progess of the new Timico data centre in Newark. This is most easily done in pictorial fashion. It’s nearly done. We are moving kit in. No desks yet but there is now a steady stream of engineers popping over, doing stuff. We have a reception desk. More […]

Hey presto – we have a car park

Funny how we get excited by little things. The other day I came into the office in the afternoon and they had started putting down the Tarmac for the carpark.  Like lightning I whipped out my trusty phone Galaxy S2 and took a photo. Today I got up from our fortnightly management meeting and hey presto, someone […]

Data centre finishing touches featuring Tim and Neil

It won’t be long now before we actually move in to the new data centre and start kitting it out. The racks are going in as I write and the header photo shows Marketing Director Neil Armstrong working his way through a full sample buffet in preparation for the big opening night in January. His […]

We Want #ITIL Service…And We Want It Now!

Many years ago I worked at Marconi Electronic Devices in Lincoln. The purchasing manager there, a canny Scotsman,  had a certain approach when it came to the acquisition of software. His opening bid in a negotiation would be the cost of the physical tape required to carry the software to our premises. These days software […]

The Cloud — Now is the Time to Invest

I attended a “Cloud Computing – security, market development and prospects for the G Cloud” forum in Whitehall yesterday morning. It’s a big topic and there were lots of messages to take away. The G Cloud programme is the government’s effort to move away from an expensive and silo’d server centric estate that in 2009 […]

Samsung 1TB hard drive for £54!

My recent post on the pocket cloud was a joke. Today I have taken delivery of a real pocket cloud. It’s a Samsung 2.5inch portable external hard drive and it cost 54 quid! My aging laptop has a 232Gig hard drive that is almost full. That apart it is a perfectly good laptop and I […]

Timico Data Center Build Update – The Inside Story

Progress is rapid with the new data center build. In fact I was to some extent lulled into a false sense of pace (if that’s the right way of putting it) because the photo I take every day from the same spot didn’t seem to be changing much. Casting my photographic net on the other […]

Smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. HTC Desire HD

People who know suggested I should move phone operations from HTC Desire HD to Samsung Galaxy S2 so I have. My main motivation (and you have to take this as read) is not to just have the latest and greatest gadget. Things are moving so quickly in the tech world that I need to stay […]

Public Clouds, Private Clouds, and Rainy Day “The Cloud” Solutions

12 years or so ago the company I was working for decided to “get into VoIP” and I was sent to a Pulver.com executive retreat in Cannes in the South of France. Very nice it was. We spent 3 days at ETSI talking about VoIP related issues. I say “talking”. I spent all my time […]

A data centre’s progress – drinka pinta milka day

It’s coming along as you can see if you click on the header image. It always amazes me what one bloke can do when he has a few tools to help him. I guess it is the same in farming. Along came the industrial revolution and everyone left the fields to be replaced by machines. […]