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Topic: Technology
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And the Song Remains the Same

November 15, 2017
As you may remember, we recently moved data center. It took us a little longer than expected to bring everything back up. But it is all back up now. Tired but happy team!

Oops, We’re Doing it Again

October 13, 2017
Well, I hope everyone remembers last year when we moved successfully.  At that time we acquired a larger space and started the arduous process of negotiations on what will really happen to the new space and how the move will take place.

Data Center Move Completed, Without Any Catastrophes!

October 25, 2016
As we had previously stated, we are moving.  Or I should say we have moved.  It was a huge amount of effort by many of the team members.  A big thanks goes out to them all for the work, long hours, and back breaking exercise that no geek enjoys.

From Four Guys and a Garage to Something Nice

October 19, 2016
Well, as many of you know, we have always been kind of the underground heroes of the Internet.  We have scraped by with used gear, volunteers, and parts that fail often.  We have told stories about our failures and the tribulations of being a non-profit.  While none of that has really changed, we have finally gotten something nice.

Shadowserver Datacenter Move

October 7, 2016
After many years in our current datacenter, we've outgrown the space. We have found a new datacenter space nearby and have slowly been moving into it. We've reached a point where we have to shut everything down for a week to finish the migration.

Of Data Sharing and Statistics Being Removed

June 9, 2016
As most of you may know The Shadowserver Foundation is a non-profit organization in both the US and in the EU.  We survive through donations, sponsorships, as well as project work to expand out what we are able to do.  We share our data for no cost with the direct network owners.  From our last few posts you can get an idea of how many drives we go through and the possible cost to maintain all the work that we have been doing.  We do not ask for credit, only the occasional support.

How do you dispose of three Petabytes of disk?

May 12, 2016
July of last year we had a little problem.  We had a lot of drives to dispose of and did so as inexpensively as possible via a drill press, a lot of time, and a lot of flying metal as we slowly destroyed stacks of drives one at a time.  Moving forward in time to today, we realized that our bins were once again full of drives, almost 1500 this time.  This adds up to almost three petabytes of storage in disks.  Knowing that it would take us days of drilling we sought out a faster solution, and here it is.

How do you dispose of a Petabyte of disks?

July 9, 2015
With the advent of massive inexpensive storage also comes the issue of the disposal of that storage when it inevitably fails on you, usually taking something valuable with each failure. Even the best of disks will fail eventually and at the end of the week you have a large steaming pile of disks that are no longer useful but cannot just be tossed into the rubbish bin.

Of Scannings and Statistics

August 22, 2014
We have been engaged in scanning of the internet for its better health for over a year (we started with a few, then grew to a dozen).  The decreases in abusable systems has dropped significantly in several areas.  We have also had an inadvertent effect of identifying networking misconfiguration on many networks which has helped improve the stability and security of those organizations.

Houston, we have a problem

March 29, 2014
Reporting has been fixed and all data going out in the reports again.