RimuHosting is looking for experienced Linux sysadmins to provide support to our hosting customers as well as to help build and maintain our global hosting infrastructure. Continue reading
We have just tweaked 0ur pricing. You can now get more memory and disk for the same money! New order pricing starts from $12/m for a minimally configured VM. On the VM Hosting Budget plan on average you will be getting 15% more memory.
For customers with existing VMs on shared hosts check our upgrade page to see if you can add more memory to your servers.
Do ask us for anything you think we can do to help you get the most out of your servers. We can advise on appropriate memory and disk values. Figure out ways to improve pricing. Advise on fast dedicated hardware. Help install software. Setup backups and monitoring. Just ask!
PS: During July Peter will be attending OSCon in Portland and HostingCon in San Diego. If you're going to be there make yourself known!
A little coupon fun! You can add a $40 credit to your account when you order a new server with us.
Our servers are popular for hosting WordPress sites, drupal and Tomcat-based websites. When paired with a hosting control panel (like cPanel or Plesk) it is very easy to host multiple sites for you or your clients.
Our VPS plans are very flexible. You select the memory, disk space and data transfer allowance you need. You do not pay for resources you are not going to use. The VPSs are powerful, reliable Linux-based virtual machines. You have root SSH access.
Our sysadmins are available 24x7 to help install, troubleshoot and help out with your server.
So take take the hassle out of your hosting and sign up for a new server with us today at http://launchtimevps.com. Grab us on Live Chat if you had any quick questions. Or email us an enquiry.
The fine print:
This offer applies to new VPS, VPS-on-dedicated and regular dedicated servers. VPS pricing starts at around $16/m.
This deal is a new order special. When applied, it will add a 40.00 USD credit on your account. To qualify you need to order a server between 2015-05-10 and 2015-11-06, have the server running for a month and be up to date on your billing. It is one credit per customer (not per server order). And the credit must be applied before 2015-12-06.
After you order you'll need to pay the invoices created in the first 30 days (hosting fees and any setup fees). You'll also need to have any other balance owing on your account paid.
After the server has been up and running for a 30 days, go add the credit to your account at http://rimuhosting.com/cp/coupons.jsp?coupon=15NEWORD
We now have a Debian 8 image available for new VM setups and reinstalls. Debian 8 is code named "Jessie".
There is only a 64 bit image. Most customers are now ordering 64 bit distros. And some distros only come in a 64 bit flavor now, e.g. Centos 7.
Debian 8 is also an option for regular dedicated server setups.
The Jessie install is very minimal. After setup most customers would want to install Apache and Mysql. That is easy enough, do something like "apt-get install apache2 postfix mysql-server"
Some highlights from the release notes:
- Apache goes to version 2.4 (was 2.2 in Wheezy)
- PHP from 5.4 to 5.6
- uses systemd to mamaneg services, with the option to install
sysvinit if you prefer.
- Choice of MariaDB 10 or MySQL 5.5
- New packages like php-horde, tomcat8
If you're wishing to dist-upgrade from Wheezy to Jessie see the upgrade notes. Some tips:
- Run a snapshot in our control panel before doing any work. Then you can always revert back to that in the event of problems.
- In some cases our upgrade script at https://github.com/pbkwee/deghost can do the work for you. wget -O deghost.sh https://raw.githubusercontent.com/pbkwee/deghost/master/deghost.sh; bash deghost.sh --to-jessie That script will update apt.sources and run a dist upgrade.
On the http://rimuhosting.com/cp/vps/kernel.jsp page you can now select the 4.0 kernel for your VM. Includes: OverlayFS, carries on with support required for Docker and SELinux, lots of new nf/eb table options, openvswitch, nfs4 support and too many other new kernel tweaks to mention. Plus newer, fresher kernel code with lots of fixes to bugs (which likely are not affecting you).
We have only produced a 64 bit kernel this time around. That should be fine even for 32 bit distros.
If you like being on the latest and greatest then this experimental kernel is for you. If it doesn't work out, restart your VM with our very stable and tested 3.12 kernel. (Also: let us know if you needed a kernel option we do not have enabled. Also: we have a pv-grub option should you need to have full control over every module in the kernel.)
If your server is running well and you are happy with things, feel free to leave your kernel as-is.
Our new networking cage (prior to being filled with Cisco gear)
Dallas is our busiest location. We have many, many cabinets there filled with wonderfully shiny servers (all black, as befits our Kiwi origins). That setup has grown somewhat organically since 2005. Our core networking wiring was starting to be a little scary. And network capacity (ports and bandwidth was staring to be an issue).
So for our 10th year in Dallas we opted to rebuild our network from scratch. Get new, faster networking gear; tidily re-cable everything with fiber; simplify things as much as possible; and increase our uplink capacity.
Back in February we added a new core/distribution layer using Cisco Nexus 7 equipment. This gear lets us use lots (and lots) of 10G and 40G connections. And it does a pretty decent job at moving network packets around, too. The switchover from the old core to the new core went smoothly (thank you to those networking guys involved there!)
The new core gear has allowed us to increase our data center uplink capacity. (And we have plans to triple the capacity in the next few weeks).
We will also be switching from gigabit links between cabinets and our core networking to 10 gigabit fibre links. We have already done this for most of our cabinets, and the remainder should be done in the next few weeks (as the switches and cabling we ordered arrive). A number of cabinets have also had their switches upgraded (from non-fiber friendly models to newer models).
Since even 10G is not fast enough for everyone, in some cabinets we are installing 40G switches. With 10G access ports to each server. This gives us a few options for network attached storage and for some of our enterprise customers with particular private networking requirements.
The new Dallas networking setup should future proof us for a few more years.
Like all good network setups we hope you never have to pay it another thought!
We have implemented some brute force SSH attack protection on VMs.
Your servers should start to receive fewer connections from bots trying to bruteforce crack passwords on your server user accounts.
Behind the scenes we have setup honey trap servers. Botnets with no good reason to connect to these servers attempt to connect to the servers and brute force passwords there. We monitor these failed attempts. And then block those IPs on our VM host firewalls. You do not need to configure anything on your VM.
The upshot is should be fewer SSH brute force attacks on servers. Improving your server security, and lowering load on hosts.
On a not unrelated note: please use good strong passwords. Particularly on important accounts. $commonword with a number on the end is no longer sufficient.
Image Credit: Dino Giordano
Apache is probably the most common web service our customers use. It is an amazingly powerful and mature tool for serving all your website needs. And is very easy to get up and running with
Our team is often asked to tune apache to run more smoothly, more quickly, and more reliably. With a few simple server side tweaks you can easily polish your server till it is ready for 'production' use of your website. Continue reading
As part of our mission to wipe the 'ghost' vulnerability (CVE-2015-0235) from our customers servers we have created 'deghost'.
Deghost is a cross-distro script to determine the vulnerability of a libc library on a server and then patch that where possible.
In most cases this is as simple as apt-get install libc6 or yum upgrade glibc. But like most things there are a lot of corner cases. This script tackles things like switch from squeeze to squeeze-lts repositories. Changing to old-releases repositories for unsupported ubuntu distros. And offers a (non-default) option to --break-eggs and do a dist-upgrade to the latest Debian/Ubuntu release.