Big Picture

What is a VPN and Do I Need One?

How Do IP Addresses Work?

 What’s an IP address and how does it work?

Good question—and one that we’re sure has been dominating Google searches as of late. Here are the basics.

This Proposed Policy Could Impact The International Cable Community. Here’s How.

Cable breaks occur more often than you might think. Research presented in this paper counted 14 different cable failures in U.S. territorial waters or exclusive economic zone between 2008 and 2012.

Protected vs. Unprotected Circuits: An Explanation in Under 150 Words

You’ve always been told to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Better believe that those in telecommunications have been told the same thing.

Perhaps that’s why you’ve heard of “protected” and “unprotected” circuits.

The Trombone Effect, Explained

No. This effect has nothing to do with a big parade.

The trombone effect - or just "tromboning" - attempts to categorize the curious, latency-causing path information might travel due to the hub-and-spoke nature of the internet.

The Dyn DDoS Attack, Explained

What happened during Friday’s massive internet outage on the East Coast?

What is the Nyquist Theorem and Why Does it Matter?

It’s a good week to celebrate math and science.

The Truth About Digital Traffic Jams

If you've ever seen that little buffer symbol on your laptop screen as you wait for a movie to load, you know what digital traffic jams feel like.

The Scoop on Google's New Subsea Cable (And What it Means for Future Capacity Investments)

Google has joined a handful of carriers to complete a brand new Trans-Pacific oceanic cable – but this is hardly their first venture under the sea.

What's up in the Cloud?

It has been a busy couple of months in the cloud. Apple and Spotify signed on as Google Cloud Platform customers. Dropbox left Amazon's AWS for its own data centers. And early this year, Hewlett-Packard shuttered its public cloud project to focus on private cloud service offerings.