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SSL3 Disabled On All Servers

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Due to the recent POODLE vulnerabilty discovered in SSL version 3.0, we have disabled SSL3 on all shared hosting, VPS and dedicated servers.

We are notifying all of our customers of this change because it has a small risk of excluding users from services of yours that run over HTTPS, primarily Internet Explorer 6 web browser users on Windows XP. The risk of exploit far outweighs any other risks, so we’ve decided to err on the side of caution rather than implement awkward and less effective solutions.

If you believe that this will affect your services adversely, please get in touch to discuss an interim solution.

Outage Report

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Unfortunately we and other customers in Cork Internet Exchange suffered an outage this afternoon, which caused a complete loss of network connectivity to and from our servers; with the exception of DNS and backup services, and customers on our US, UK and DE machines. There should be no long-term effects, but if you do notice anything untoward, please let us know.  Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused. An explanation of the cause of the problem from CIX is below.

Today, Thursday 28th August, at approximately 4:30pm, CIX NOC began to see networking problems that affected a large number of customers. The problem cleared at 5:10pm. All customers connected to two Cisco 1Gbps core switches lost public connectivity to the Internet during all or part of this window. Customers connected to our Juniper 10Gbps and 40Gbps core switches were not affected.

We believe that, at 4:30pm, a customer working in the data centre inadvertently created a link between the two Cisco switches by patching a connection between them. This link started a broadcast storm in that network. By 4:45pm all services on those two switches stopped working. At 5:05 the customer removed the link at the network resumed normal operation shortly afterwards.

If your services were affected by this event then we apologise. We will investigate preventative measures to avoid a recurrence.

Yes, that person is a complete dipstick.

Online Trading Vouchers

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

If you’d like to move your website from a brochure to active selling, these €2.5k vouchers from the Local Enterprise Offices will get you well on the way. You’ll need to attend a seminar to apply — two remain in Cork: Mallow on the 25th of this month, and Roscarbery on the 30th. If you’d like to talk to us about possibilities, please get in touch.

Online Trading Vouchers

With the trend ever increasing towards online spending it is estimated that only 23% of small Irish businesses are engaged in any meaningful way in eCommerce sales. For businesses employing less than ten people this percentage could be even lower. It is now believed that of online purchases made in Ireland that 70% of these are done in overseas markets.

There is now an urgency to ensure that businesses recognise that this is happening and that they are encouraged and supported to correctly respond to this digital reality.

In order to support this goal, the National Digital Strategy aims to get a further 2,000 businesses trading online by the end of 2015.

Applications are now being accepted in the Pilot Regions of: Dublin City & County / Cork City & County / Kerry / Louth / Sligo / Waterford.

The vouchers are targeted at businesses that have a limited online trading presence; less than 10 employees; turnover less than €2million; applicants must be registered and trading for minimum of 12 months and the business must be located in one of the pilot areas under this phase of the scheme.

Note: ineligible projects include those with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, ”not for profit” organisations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce.

The Online Trading Vouchers can be used for the development or upgrade of an e-commerce website such as implementing online payments or booking systems. Other usage includes; purchase of Internet related software, online advertising, development of an app, implementation of a digital marketing strategy, consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy, training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity.

Vouchers cannot be used for:

– Development of brochure websites

– Purchase of non-internet related software

– Anything other than online trading related activity

In order to make an application you must attend one of the information seminars which will provide all the details as to how to apply but also how to best use and gain value from the voucher to support your online trading proposition. Attendance is FREE and pre-registration is essential.

WordPress Website – Horizon Energy Group

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Our customer Utility Brokers asker us to put together a website for their dedicated industrial and commercial offering, Horizon Energy. The site is WordPress-based, with a bespoke theme using Creativo as a framework. Jamie O’Leary created the graphical templates for us on this occasion.

 

Horizon Energy Screenshot

Horizon Energy Screenshot

OpenSSL Packages Updated (Heartbleed)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Just a quick note to let our customers know that OpenSSL packages have been updated on all of our CentOS 6 servers, to protect against the Heartbleed bug. As soon as the package for CentOS 5 is released, it’ll be applied to the remaining legacy servers.

 

Heartbleed

New gTLD Rollout Dates

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

An Excel file with rollout dates is attached, by month and part-year. These dates are tentative and the details are subject to change, but we are nearly there. I’ll have more details as they firm up. If you haven’t registered your trade marks with the Trademark Clearinghouse yet, now is the time to get moving.

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Integrated DNS Management Now Available

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

You can now manage domains registered with us from within our account manager at Beecher.biz. Just choose Manage DNS from the Domains menu, as highlighted below.

Mange DNS

COM & NET Domains Just €7.50 In November

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

For the month of November, COM and NET domain registrations and transfers are just €7.50 at Beecher Networks. You don’t need a discount code, and you can order straight away from Beecher.biz. I’ll be posting specials for INFO (€5), CO (€15) and MX (€20) next week.

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New Lower Thawte SSL Cert Pricing

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Thawte SSL CertificatesWe’ve reduced the pricing on the following Thawte SSL certificates today, permanently. If you already have a Thawte cert with us, this is the price you’ll pay from this point forward.

  • SSL 123 – €55 from €59
  • SSL Web Server – €90 from €99
  • Thawte Wildcard – €320 from €390
  • SGC Super – €170 from €249
  • SSL Web Server EV – €120 from €195

Thawte certs are backed by Symantec, and generally come second in perception surveys, so they’re a very good fit for SMEs. We also supply premium Symantec certs for applications where perception and security is critical, and for the more budget-concious we can supply GeoTrust, Trustwave and Comodo certs.

Donban Contracting Redevelopment

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Donban Contracting LogoBeecher Networks has been working with Donban Contracting for several years, having managed their domain portfolio and project hosting since 2010. (more…)