How & Why We Built a Bytemark Status Site

One of our manifesto principles is an ongoing commitment to transparency and clear communication. That’s why since 2005, we have detailed every outage affecting our products and network on our public forum. In 2015, we built on that commitment by launching a dedicated Bytemark Status site (https://status.bytemark.org) where we have continued to report all service interruptions […]

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Re-image VMs in BigV web control panel

You can now re-image your BigV VMs through the web control panel! This lets you install a fresh (or different) operating system, whilst keeping the VM spec and networking setup (IPs). Please note: Re-image wipes any attached discs, so please backup externally to keep data. You’ll be given a new root password You’ll likely get […]

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Live railway cameras from YO26 in York

When the first train left York station in 1839, rail travel was still very new. In fact, the first passenger railway between two stations (Manchester to Liverpool) had only been completed nine years before. Some say that the railway “saved York from stagnation” and it’s not hard to see the lasting impact that railways and […]

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Using “git push” to deploy Ruby applications to your own server

If you’ve used Heroku you’ll be familiar with the convenience of using “git push” to deploy your Ruby application. Here’s how you can do the same on Bytemark Cloud using Dokku – a simple system that allows quick deployment of packaged applications, or “buildpacks”. Dokku uses software called Buildstep and contains your applications using Docker. That’s a lot of buzzwords to put onto […]

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Test your connection speed to our data centre in York

Did you know that YO26, Bytemark’s data centre in York, is included in the speedtest.net host directory? This means that you can carry out running connection and bandwidth tests to see how fast our services could work for you! What is speedtest.net? Speedtest is a third-party tool provided by Ookla. As the name suggests, it […]

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