SpamTitan Upgrade

On Sunday 27 February 2022 we upgraded our SpamTitan service to a new server. As well as faster, more modern hardware, new appliance uses a new version of FreeBSD under the hood which brings many performance and security enhancements.

While we do not anticipate any disruption to service, there are two potential issues to be aware of:

  1. The source IP address of SMTP connections from our SpamTitan server has changed. If you are running your own email server and previously had 83.96.156.210 configured explicitly in your firewall, please update this to 193.189.141.10 in order to continue receiving clean email. Our SpamTitan server will queue your mail for up to 3 days. The old IP address will continue to accept inbound SMTP connections on port 25 for 14 days, after which it will be disabled.
  2. Unfortunately it has not been possible to migrate the existing Spam Quarantine, so if you need to access any mail that was quarantined prior to 27 February you will need to log in at https://ams2-spamtitan.anu.net/ in order to release it from your quarantine.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to drop us an email to support@anu.net.

Upcoming USA1 datacenter migration

What is happening?

Over the coming weeks we will be migrating customers hosted out of our usa1 (Chicago) datacenter to a new datacenter facility which is also located in Chicago approx 2 miles away.

Why?

The new facility offers us higher power availability, better connectivity and more redundancy. We are also taking this opportunity to complete the roll-out of improved firewall and encryption subsystems on our virtualization hypervisors to further improve our cyber security defenses.

What is the impact?

Affected customer VMs will be migrated one by one to new hardware running in the new datacenter. Both facilities are connected by a VLAN which will facilitate seamless transition of IP traffic. No IP renumbering or other changes will be required. Once migration is complete you can expect lower latency, faster performance and better security.

Migration will require a brief disruption while we sync changed data and reboot VMs on new hardware. We will schedule migrations with affected customers individually at the most convenient time slots.

Questions?

Please contact support@anu.net if you have any questions about this migration.

Anu votes to support Nominet Public Benefit Initiative

Anu have been a member of Nominet, the registrar for .uk domain name registrations, for longer than I can remember (the oldest domain in our account dates from 1994!). We have witnessed the rapid development of the domain name industry since the early days of the Internet. During this time a lot has changed at Nominet, and we’re just not convinced all of the recent changes are for the better.

I would like to thank Mr. Simon Blackler for giving a voice to dissatisfied Nominet members and organising a campaign to force an extraordinary general meeting, with a view to reorganising the board and refocusing Nominet on their core purpose.

That’s why we are backing the PublicBenefit.uk campaign and will be voting YES at the EGM on Monday 22 March.