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UKFast Updates: DRaaS, Cloud, APIs and more

14 July 2020 by Charlotte Nuttall

In today’s post, we’ve gathered the latest and greatest updates from across the business, with plenty of new and exciting developments including our recent cloud network expansion to Amsterdam! As always, if you’d like to know more please do get in touch – we’d love to discuss how our services and solutions can help drive growth for your business.

Here are your updates for July.

Disaster Recovery as a Service launches

In early June we saw the launch of our new disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering. DRaaS leverages Veeam technology alongside our own eCloud Public platform to offer a fast and scalable disaster recovery solution. With a pay-as-you-go approach, and automated failover processes, it also offers simple, cost-effective recovery of data and testing of DR plans with no risk to underlying infrastructure. Until the 31st July 2020, purchasing DRaaS also gives you 50% off our Threat Monitoring services.

Find out more >

New London and Amsterdam POPs now live

Earlier this year, we announced plans to expand our eCloud points of presence (POPs) to London and Europe. This work is now complete and all POPs ready to use. As well as two sites in Manchester, UKFast customers can now take advantage of hosting locations in Central London, West London and Amsterdam.

Expanding the eCloud network was made possible using wavelengths between Amsterdam and our London and Manchester sites. This allows for routing between Amsterdam and the rest of the UK network via dedicated fibres (rather than via external transit), reducing latency between Amsterdam and UK sites.

The expansion allows us to offer a wider array of cloud services and features and our customers a greater choice in where their data is hosted. Having two London sites which are approximately 25km apart now facilitates long-distance metro storage clustering solutions. Having multiple sites across cities and regions of the UK also presents more options for customers wanting multi-site and multi-region resiliency.

Increased network capacity

Alongside the eCloud expansion, the overall UKFast network has seen some upgrades and increased capacity. An additional 300Gbps of internet connectivity through transit and peering has been added, taking the total UKFast UK network capacity to 1.2Tbps.

New API and GitHub tools available

The UKFast tech teams are continuously creating new applications to streamline processes for the business and clients. Frequently, these useful tools are also provided on an open-source basis on our GitHub platform, so everyone can take advantage of our latest in-house developments. New additions to check out right now include:

  • Cyborg load testing tool: Built primarily to monitor platform migrations, Cyborg allows testing of website availability, with configurable concurrency. Try now.
  • UKFast CLI tool: Utilising UKFast APIs, our CLI tool allows manipulation of UKFast services direct from the command line with all current API functionality supported.
  • CertBot SafeDNS integration: Our SafeDNS plugin for CertBot provides DNS01 challenge support via SafeDNS. It’s also packaged into a container over on Dockerhub.
  • SafeDNS plugin for CertManager: Our SafeDNS webhook plugin for CertManager provides DNS01 challenge support via SafeDNS for Kubernetes workloads.

Features added to Firewall Editor in MyUKFast

New features are now live for Firewall Editor in MyUKFast, including:

  • A redesigned UI to help improve navigation and management
  • Added functionality to add and edit inbound, outbound and cross-VLAN access on firewalls which have multi-VLANs
  • Functionality to add and edit IPv6 addresses
  • Functionality to add and edit FQDNs in access lists
  • Ability to add, remove and edit AnyConnect VPN users for existing VPNs
  • Ability to re-key existing site-to-site IPsec VPNs

Future developments to look out for also include:

  • Ability to add new AnyConnect VPNs onto a firewall if there is no pre-existing AnyConnect VPN configured
  • Ability to edit existing site-to-site IPsec VPNs
  • Ability to add new site-to-site IPsec VPNs

Stay tuned for more tech updates in the coming months. If you have any questions about the above, please get in touch with the team or your account manager.