In this "Meet the Team" article we speak to Ben who is one of the longest serving members of the Fraction Servers team.
What is your job title at Fraction Servers and can you describe the role for us?
I currently work for the company as a Senior Network Engineer and I am responsible for new rollouts and maintenance of the network across the seven UK datacentres in which we currently operate. I typically work with both customers and supplier/peering partner’s network teams to ensure customers receive a reliable low latency service. I am also closely involved in optimising our DDoS detection and filtering systems, ensuring our systems are kept up to date and able to deal with the latest attack vectors.
When did you start working at Fraction Servers and how have things changed during this time?
I started working for Fraction Servers parent company in 2013 as a infrastructure technician apprentice role and have held numerous roles in the company since. When I first started working for the company we had a total network capacity of 6Gb/s, today even our smallest sites are connected at 100Gb/s and with a total network capacity of over 2000Gb/s the bandwidth usage of our customers has certainly changed over the last eight years!
If you could have one super power what would it be?
Clairvoyance so I can be ready to fix things before they’ve even failed.
Is there a particular tool, script, website or piece of software that you find invaluable in your day to day job?
BGP.HE.NET, PeeringDB.NET and stat.ripe.net are probably the most useful ones I use day to day.
What do you like most about working at Fraction Servers?
As our customers come from all different industries they all have different requirements and therefore different technologies have to be used to fulfil their needs. Ultimately this makes each day different and gives me the opportunity to use both the latest hardware and software on a regular basis.
What was the first computer that you owned?
It was an Intel Q6600 with a 8800 GT graphics card that I built myself to play Battlefield 2 back in 2005.
What are you currently working on for Fraction Servers?
We are currently in the process of overhauling the WIFI that is available to customer’s at our Coventry datacentre and I’ve just finished configuring Unifi access points for this service before we deploy this to customers.