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MAINTENANCE Completed Bracknell Office
AFFECTING
Bracknell Office
STARTED
Aug 10, 11:00 PM (1¼ days ago)
CLOSED
Aug 11, 02:10 AM (1 day ago)
DESCRIPTION
As part of the M4 'SMART' motorway work our office fibre will be diverted will be offline between 11PM on Monday 10th August through to 10AM on Tuesday 11th August. This won't affect customer connectivity.
Resolution: Openreach competed the work just after 2AM

MAINTENANCE Completed LNS Upgrades
AFFECTING
LNS Upgrades
STARTED
May 22, 01:00 AM (2½ months ago)
CLOSED
Jun 15, 09:37 AM (1¾ months ago)
DESCRIPTION
Starting 22nd May we will be starting an upgrade to our LNS routers. This involves us moving lines overnight, using the preferred time as set on the control pages as a basis. This will be ongoing over the next few of weeks, impacting a small proportion of customers each night with a PPP drop and reconnect. Depending on your equipment this could be anything from a fraction of a second outage to a few minutes. Thank you for your patience.
Resolution: This has been completed.

MAINTENANCE Completed Upgrades
AFFECTING
Upgrades
STARTED
May 06, 03:00 AM (3 months ago)
CLOSED
May 11, 05:00 AM (3 months ago)
DESCRIPTION
Over the next few nights we'll be upgrading the software on our BGP routers. This will happen in the early hours of the morning and should not be disruptive.
Resolution: This work has been completed.

MAINTENANCE Completed Servers
AFFECTING
Servers
STARTED
Apr 28, 10:00 PM (3¼ months ago)
CLOSED
Apr 28, 10:55 PM (3¼ months ago)
DESCRIPTION
We usually perform general server maintenance (updates, reboots etc) on Thursday evenings, but this week we are needing to do this work this evening from 10PM. This work doesn't usually affect our services, but there may be moments when the Control Pages and the billing system are not available to access. General internet access won't be affected though.
Resolution: This work has been completed.

MAINTENANCE Completed SIM2SIM
AFFECTING
SIM2SIM
STARTED
Apr 08, 12:00 PM (4 months ago)
CLOSED
Apr 09, 12:30 PM (4 months ago)
DESCRIPTION
We're needing to do an emergency update on our ''EU' SIP2SIM service. This may impact calls and SMSs for a couple of minutes from noon on Wednesday 8th April. Sorry for the short notice.
Resolution:

MAINTENANCE Completed LNS Upgrades
AFFECTING
LNS Upgrades
STARTED
Apr 08, 01:00 AM (4 months ago)
CLOSED
Apr 28, 07:00 AM (3½ months ago)
DESCRIPTION
From 8th April we will be starting an upgrade to our LNS routers. This involves us moving lines overnight, using the preferred time as set on the control pages as a basis. This will be ongoing over the next few of weeks, impacting a small proportion of customers each night with a PPP drop and reconnect. Depending on your equipment this could be anything from a fraction of a second outage to a few minutes. Thank you for your patience.
Resolution: This work has been completed.

MAINTENANCE Completed Core Network
AFFECTING
Core Network
STARTED
Apr 05, 02:00 AM (4¼ months ago)
CLOSED
Apr 07, 08:00 AM (4 months ago)
DESCRIPTION
Over the coming nights we'll be performing software upgrades on our FireBrick FB6000 BGP routers. We don't expect this to impact customers.
Resolution: This work has been completed.

MAINTENANCE Completed DNS, Email and Web Hosting
AFFECTING
DNS, Email and Web Hosting
STARTED
Apr 03, 05:30 AM (4¼ months ago)
CLOSED
Apr 03, 05:56 AM (4¼ months ago)
DESCRIPTION
We will be taking webmail offline for maintenance this Friday morning, between 5:30 and 6:00. We will keep downtime and disruption to a minimum. Apologies for the short notice; this is essential maintenance.
Resolution:

MAINTENANCE Completed Broadband
AFFECTING
Broadband
STARTED
Mar 20, 09:30 AM (4¾ months ago)
CLOSED
Mar 28, 10:00 AM (4¼ months ago)
DESCRIPTION
Over the coming couple days we will be configuring four additional LNSs on to our network. LNSs are the routers that customer broadband lines connect to and these will increase our capacity. These were physically installed in to the datacentre earlier on in the year so we don't need to send staff in to London. There will be some disruption as part of this as we will need to force broadband lines to reconnect to these new LNSs. We'll be doing this overnight so as to minimise disruption. We'll update this post prior to the overnight work.
Resolution: This work has been completed successfully. We have an additional four LNSs in service which increases our overall capacity.

MAINTENANCE Completed Maidenhead datacentre
AFFECTING
Maidenhead datacentre
STARTED
Mar 05, 08:00 AM (5 months ago)
CLOSED
Mar 05, 10:02 PM (5 months ago)
DESCRIPTION

From the datacentre:

As part of Pulsants planned maintenance regime, we have been informed by the power company that they need to undertake a inspection of the infrastructure that delivers power on site, in alignment with these works, we have decided that we will align these works with our annual darken building test to ensure all infrastructure works correctly in the event of a full loss of mains power and to minimise further interruptions.

WHY: The Annual Darken Building Test and transformer inspections forms part of our stringent maintenance regime and this is to ensure all infrastructure works at its optimum but also to ensure it correctly operates in the event of a full loss of mains power to site. To do this we will be working with our 3rd party contractors and the electricity company to isolate the mains power to the site and perform essential testing of our HV and LV infrastructure and then to carry out the transformer inspection work. During this period, it will be necessary to run the site on generators. Pulsant will follow our Darken Building Test procedure, which will isolate the incoming utility supply to site The testing will be completed by Pulsant staff and a number of specialised 3rd party contractors.

The following works will be carried out; -
1. Isolation of utility mains incomer to site.
2. Monitor failover to Generator and ensure supporting site (Power to Racks will remain UPS protected throughout).
3. Isolation of Transformer to site
4. Carrying out associated inspections on the infrastructure
5. Once inspections and servicing has been completed the power will be restored in a controlled manner.
6. Reinstatement and check that all services back to a normal state.

Monitoring will continue for a further 40 minutes post restoration of utility power to ensure there are no outstanding issues.

All diesel supplies to the site have been checked and confirmed adequate supplies, reserve supplies are on standby. Once works have been completed, the fuel supplies will be replenished accordingly. We have provisioned a maintenance window of up to 10 hours to allow us an adequate time window to complete all the necessary inspections, tests and servicing. All personnel will remain on-site during this maintenance window and for a period of up to 1-hour post the maintenance being completed window. Works are expected to be non-service affecting as customers will remain on UPS protected supplies throughout until all works have been completed. This maintenance does involve changes to power source to the site, hence an At-Risk notification is being sent out.

Pulsant has been preparing extensively for this scheduled Darken Building Test and worked with the associated external parties to align these works.

We will have a number of different contractors and Pulsant personnel on site including expert contractors to support our Generators, UPS devices, electrical infrastructure and most importantly Pulsant network and site support staff. We have worked with the electricity utility supplier to mitigate risk as far as possible, below is the planned approach with regards to completing all necessary works and undertaking this Annual Darken Building Test

SERVICE IMPACT: NONE - No interruption or disruption to service is expected during these essential works, however due to the level of switching that will be undertaken during executing our Darken Building Test procedure and isolation of power so that the mains incomer and transformer can undergo their inspection, we are issuing a courtesy At Risk notification to all our customers.

WHEN: Thursday 5th March 2020, commencing at 08.00 GMT and completed by Thursday 5th March 2020 by 17.00 GMT. To mitigate risk and impact, Pulsant have scheduled for these works to be carried out during the working day. The At Risk window will be kept to an absolute minimum and the site will have utility mains power restored and resuming full site protection at the earliest opportunity.


Resolution: