09 April 2019
The Story of CVE-2018-19299
A tale of scanning IPv6 Address Space… and the remote vulnerabilities it uncovered.
01 July 2018
Good Internet Manners
About the MANRS initiative, and why Faelix has joined it.
19 June 2018
Getting Oxidized to Talk to Mattermost
A technical how-to guide for delivering configuration diffs from Oxidized into Mattermost.
31 May 2018
Trialling ARM Boards as Compute Nodes
As part of our drive to increase energy efficiency we are always looking at new technologies that can help us further this commitment. We have taken inspiration from some of the largest cloud providers and begun trialling ARM-based servers for some of our CRM services.
08 May 2018
Explaining our privacy-by-design approach to email tracking in fulcrm.
05 May 2018
Using Teleport for Service Management
Using an advanced ssh server to adopt best-practice security measures, improve auditability, and empower both your customers and junior staff.
24 April 2018
General Data Protection Regulation
As the implementation deadline draws closer we've been contacted by a number of customers about GDPR. Here's what we have been doing behind the scenes for the last year.
27 March 2018
Installing a LeoNTP Stratum 1 GPS NTP Receiver
How do servers know what time it is?
10 February 2018
Using MooseFS for Distributed Replicated Storage
How we deployed MooseFS for file storage in our CRM.
23 January 2018
Crashing Safari Notification Agent
The story about discovering a remote denial of service vulnerability in Apple's OS X.
14 September 2017
Pushing Packets at Infest
Volunteering to help bring Internet connectivity to a three day music festival.
12 May 2017
When LAGs Go Bad: Network Aggravation
Link aggregation is a cost-effective way to increase bandwidth. But there can be pitfalls which are difficult to debug should problems strike.
20 April 2017
Putting the Customer at the Centre of our Network
A talk at UKNOF about what Faelix is doing with CRM.
04 April 2017
Does the Internet Change Everything?
A lecture at Westminster University about the effects of the Internet upon democracy.
28 March 2017
Security Notice Regarding Faelix Registered Office
No client-confidential data or business-affecting items have been taken, following a burglary of the Faelix registered office (as no such items are kept there).
27 March 2017
Change of Bank Account Details
A short notice that we are changing bank to Santander Corporate.
14 February 2017
Things We Love
To the causes close to our hearts and in thanks for the trust our customers place in us: our love!
12 January 2017
NetMcr #7 Presentation: MikroTik RouterOS
MikroTik routers: what are they all about?
20 January 2017
Managing Servers at Scale
How does Faelix make cloud-style devops at scale compatible with tailor-made managed hosting?
14 November 2016
Keeping Your Rack Cool with One "/ip route rule"
A presentation at the MikroTik MUM in London.
20 November 2016
Fun Weekend Project: a CAPsMAN v2 Deployment
Upgrading a residential network and exploring rural wireless 4G options.
19 September 2016
Expanding to Geneva
An introduction to our recent hosting expansion project: servers in the Swiss Alps!
12 September 2016
Build in Geneva
Some technical information about our hosting infrastructure build in Geneva, and how we plan to use this expansion to help us focus on business continuity and resilience.
25 August 2016
Music Festival Wi-Fi at Infest 2016
Working in partnership with a local ISP to bring free open wifi to a three day music festival.
21 June 2016
Happy birthday… to us!
08 December 2015
Faelix provides off-site backup storage to several businesses. Some have bought a NAS for their office and a NAS to store in our racks. Some have a NAS in their office and rent off-site storage from Faelix. This gives peace of mind should a disaster befall a client's files. In all cases, though, customers want to be able to access their data while out of their office. How can we help?
01 October 2015
Network at Faelix
Triangles are solid and stable shapes, and for that reason they form the basis of our upgraded network. Our core network in Manchester Reynolds House looks a lot like a pentagram: no link is a single point of failure. Also, we are one of the few small ISPs to run more than one routing platform, which has isolated us from catastrophic implementation bugs if we had just one vendor involved.
22 July 2015
Ganeti at Faelix
At Faelix, we love virtualisation technology. Ganeti is a virtualisation management system built by Google, and written in our favourite programming language, Python. This year we upgraded our hosting hardware, and when we did, we moved our virtual server hosting platform from our in-house script-based system to Ganeti. There were a few bumps and hiccups along the way, so this is how we did it.
26 June 2015
Anatomy of a WordPress Hack
In which Faelix performs some forensics on a customer's infected WordPress website.
05 April 2015
Line of Sight Wireless Circuits
What to do when you have no line of sight? We took a chance, and it actually worked out!
18 March 2015
It's 2015 and there are more security holes than ever!
In April 2014, after having lain in the code since December 2011, the discovery of the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL was announced. Since then, it seems like barely a month has gone by without a major security hole in a major piece of infrastructure. Security seems to be getting worse rather than better. How come?
29 October 2014
When a customer virtual machine suddenly hit a load of 62
Down the rabbit hole of a slow running server Faelix discovers a customer website is the target for cover traffic for a virus.