Archive for August, 2011

Major U.S. ISPs Report No Network Damage From Recent Quake

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Although the 5.8 magnitude quake on August 23 shook buildings from Washington to Boston, there was no network damage reported by three of the nation’s major internet companies, although they did experience a higher call volume than normal. According to the latest reports, both wireless and land-line networks were operating as expected after Tuesday’s event. This is significant, as the quake occurred near Richmond, Va. which is one of the country’s larger testing sites for the integrity of the wireless network. But call volume wasn’t the only increase noted; users were tweeting and Facebooking up a storm, with 5,500 tweets being sent per second from the first minute of the event. Some ISPs sent a message to their customers, requesting that they text friends and family members instead of calling them to help reduce high call volumes.

Why Former Qwest DSL Company Is Purchasing Savvis

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

What’s the perfect acquisition for the telecom provider who has everything? A data center. And that’s exactly what CenturyLink, formerly Qwest DSL, has planned to do since April of this year. And it seems that the company is participating in what is looking like a common trend among providers: to offer their customers managed hosting and cloud computing solutions in addition to internet service. An acquisition like this means a more powerful company in several ways; by acquiring an entity whose star is rising in the stock world, a company can increase its number of employees, operate more data centers and expand the reach of its internet services. And let’s face it; telecommunications companies have a lot to offer cloud customers in the way of subscription-based billing knowledge.