Month: December 2013

TariffShark Team Simulates Disaster and Recovery

During the evening of December 4, 2013, the TariffShark team gathered in a conference room at the Links Technology headquarters in Schaumburg, IL to test our disaster recovery procedures.  In the event that our Tier 4 data center experiences an outage that causes the hosted TariffShark servers to become unavailable, we restore service to a secondary data center.  We test these procedures every 6 months as a service to our hosted TariffShark customers.

The test ran successfully in just over an hour.

If you’d like to learn more about Hosted TariffShark, please visit our website or contact sales.

TariffShark Software Update Available

For our enterprise TariffShark customers, TariffShark Releases 3.5 and 4.0.3 are available NOW on

Hosted customers, your hosted servers will be updated prior to the December 23, 2013 effective date of the Filing Type changes.

Background and Details

FERC recently updated their eTariff Filing Type definitions. The November 26, 2013 FERC notice identifies changes to filing types that affect Oil Pipelines and nominally affect the Part 284 program. Today we are announcing the availability of TariffShark software releases that accommodate these changes. Updated software, upgrade guides, and installation instructions are available NOW on the TariffShark website.

Note that only the following FERC programs are affected:

  • NGPA 311 Gas Pipelines 
  • Oil Pipelines

If you are already running a recent TariffShark release (R3.3, R3.4, R4.0.1, or R4.0.2), only the TariffShark database is affected by this update. Simply download and run the database installer in order to bring your TariffShark installation up to the latest release.

If you are running a TariffShark release older than R3.3 or R4.0.1, there is a free upgrade path. Consult the Releases page on the TariffShark website for more information.

Please contact TariffShark Support at 847-252-1611 or at if you have any questions or concerns.

FERC Posts Updated eTariff Filing Types

On November 26, 2013, FERC issued a notice of changes to filing types that affect Oil Pipelines and nominally affect the Part 284 program. The specific changes are described in the notice and go into effect on December 23, 2013.

We are updating TariffShark to be compliant with the changes and will notify our customers when the update is available for download.  The update will require that only the database component be updated.  For our hosted customers, we will take care of everything.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact our support team.