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$40,000 in upgrades
posted by admin on 10/30/05

Although you may not have noticed, we at OpenAccess were busy during the summer of 2005, performing a comprehensive upgrade to our network.?

Although the bulk of the work was done during the summer, we completed it during the fall, in particular for the Fairhaven District of Bellingham and the installation of new network management equipment that provides us with more advanced capabilities to monitor and manage the network.

The key changes include:

1. Upgrade of all core points of presence to have fully redundant routers and switches.? This means that if a swich or router fails, there is no or?limited?impact?to network operations.

Unfortunately, the process of moving from single routers/switches to fully redundant pairs of routers/switches resulted in unexpected outages.? We apologize for this. We worked very hard all summer to minimize the impact of this work, performing most of it in the wee hours of the morning and trying to retroactively map the circuits on our network.

This portion of our summer upgrades was by far the most difficult for us and our customers.? Despite this, it has been well worth it.? The redundant configurations we now?have mean that our network is much more resilient to equipment failures and we can take equipment offline to service without disrupting customer connections.? So, future core upgrades will be easier for us and invisible to our customers.

2. Upgrading our webservers.? We are now standardized on CPANEL for our webhosting products, and although we have about 100 customers still?on the old (and very worn-out) servers, the outcome is good.?

Thanks to all of you who worked with us as we moved your accounts off the old servers to the new ones!??


Whats New?

2010.11.01 Digital telephone & PBX services expanded
Over the summer of 2010 OpenAccess has rolled out digital telephone service for ourselves, affiliated companies and a few customers who were willing to be 'guinea pigs'.  Overall things went better than we expected and we are now opening up our digital telephone service plans to more customers.

2010.10.21 IPv6 Transition
OpenAccess will be having a mid range time line for adoption and implementation of IPv6.  As most people know who are reading this, there is a certain 'chicken & egg' problem with IPv6 in as much for any organization to move to IPv6 requires that other organizations have moved to IPv6.

2010.07.15 NAS.COM wholesale VPS and WebHosting services
This fall, OpenAccess will be re-purposing the '' domain name to provide VPS and WebHosting services, primarily wholesale to web developers. If you have an e-mail address, or a personal website located at, those services will continue be supported although we will not be accepting new accounts.

2010.02.22 Joomla auto install wizard now available.
Due to popular request, we now have a Joomla auto-installer available on our newer cPanel® servers.  This allows customers to quickly and easily install Joomla on their website.  The auto-installer is available under the 'site software' section in the administrative interface of your webhosting account.

2009.10.25 OpenAccess begins internal testing for Windows 2008 Server hosting solutions.
OpenAccess is happy to finally be able to announce that we are beginning internal testing of cPanelŽ/Enkompass as a platform for our customers to be able to deliver Windows(c) 2008 Server solutions on.

2007.09.26 Changes in paper billing system.
Effective January 1st 2008 we will be doing what most of our competitors have been doing for years and adding a $1.00 surcharge for paper invoices.

2007.05.30 New web servers in production.
In May we got two new web servers in production. These machines are based out of our facilities in Seattle and were needed as we have about hit capacity on our existing webhosting infrastructure.

2007.03.15 Additional nationwide and global network capacity added.
OpenAccess is glad to announce that we have put into production a new circuit providing us with direct Tier-1 nationwide and global Internet transport.

2007.01.17 Verizon DSL speed upgrades complete
Today we did the work to convert all NAS.COM customers over to our faster connection into Verizon. Everybody should be seeing performance increases.

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