RimuHosting offering CoreOS

coreos-logoYou can now order RimuHosting VMs running CoreOS!

CoreOS lets you provide startup 'recipies' (via cloud init files) to automatically install and provision container based micro services and applications.  You can use tools like fleet and kubernetes to manage clusters of CoreOS servers.

Setting up a CoreOS server is easy.  You just use our regular ordering or install pages.  When you select the CoreOS option you will be prompted to provide a block of (standard) cloud init data.  If you are using your API, then provide a /var/lib/coreos-install/user_data file via our file_injection_data parameter.

About our setup:

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Letting 3rd parties update credit card details

3714941137_cebcdcac56_mSome of our customers pay for their servers using a 3rd party's credit card (their boss', partner's or a generous friend's).

Every now and then those details need to get updated (new CC expiry dates, or a replacement card).


You can now let 3rd parties set their credit card details on our site without having to get them a login to the RimuHosting control panel.  And without them having to give you their credit card details.

The 3rd party credit credit card link is on each credit card billing details page.  It only works for that specific page, not other pages/cards.  It is only valid for a fixed time (currently 48 hours).  To use it simply copy and paste the link to the cardholder so they can update or set the credit card details.

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DebConf15 Report


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We love Debian.  A lot.  In fact we make it our recommended distro.  We do that since it makes it easy to deploy, and maintain most recent packages resulting in fewer sysadmin headaches for us and our customers.

This year we decided to send a delegation of one (Juan Rossi) to attend DebConf 15.  Juan had a great time at the conference and here is a precis of what was seen... Continue reading

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Jobs at RimuHosting!

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

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July 2015 brings more resources, less money

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!

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$40 hosting credit coupon on new orders

pb-at-dallasA 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

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Rimuhosting May 2015 newsletter


A recap of recent improvements

We have been doing some major networking upgrades over in Dallas. Lots of 10G fiber being run. More uplink capacity. More capacity between servers.

We have expanded our global presence to Frankfurt. You can order a VM there. Or we can provide custom quotes for dedicated servers there.

Intel keeps on putting out newer, faster, better CPUs. And we keep offering them. You can now order Intel's Haswell v3 CPUs with DDR4 memory.

We are seeing SSDs move from a niche/high end option to the mainstream. Prices are dropping. And after trying a few different brands we have found the Intel SSDs we offer to perform really well and reliably.

Most of our new shared VM hosts are now using SSDs for storage. SSDs on VM host servers reduces disk I/O contention and lead to big performance gains. Newer CPUs and cheap/big memory sizes mean memory and CPU are rarely a performance bottleneck.

A few new features to be aware of in the RimuHosting control panel: host load, disk IO and CPU graphs for each VM. An option to reset your root user password (and add ssh keys). Tweaks to our websites to improve them on mobile devices.

There are a couple of new distro options for new server installs: Debian 8 (jessie) and CentOS 7. Both those distros let our customers use Docker, which leverage containerization features in our recent Linux kernels.

Speaking of Linux kernels we now offer a 4.0 Linux kernel. That is a big move forward from the 2.4 kernels that were available back when we started in 2004.

Security matters

Lots of security topics over the last couple of years.

ghost (glibc get host by name exploit) and shellshock (bash exploit) were two vulnerabilities that affected most servers and caught a lot of people by surprise.

We auto-patched many customers servers for both ghost and shellshock. We also wrote scripts to help customers upgrade from some older (unsupported) distros to newer ones.

We also needed to upgrade all our Xen-based virtual machine host servers after a hypervizor security issue. Some customers had their several hundred day uptimes disturbed, but it is also good to be running recent, stable versions of the Xen hosting stack and the underlying distro on all our VM hosts.

We still see the occasional customer server exploited. The two most common causes are exploitable webapps (e.g. wordpress) and poor passwords. Please use good strong passwords and keep your webapps up to date.

We installed some brute force ssh protection on each of our host servers that will automatically protect customer VMs. We have started installing fail2ban on new orders of recent distros.

On the RimuHosting website logins we have enabled two factor authentication. And we are switching over to https connections by default on RimuHosting websites.

A reminder about who we are.

We provide affordable, no-hassle, easy to order virtual machines. We love virtual machines. We think virtual machines offer more functionality and flexibility than running on bare metal servers. And we encourage anyone looking to 'get on the web' to use a virtual machine over a shared host. You get better security and servers nowadays are no longer the daunting task to manage they once were.

We provide dedicated hardware for customers that want to run lots of VMs or have the need for bare metal performance. We love quoting for custom setups. We have customers running databases on bare metal servers with hundreds of GB of memory and dozens of SSDs. We having customers using very affordable dedicated servers to run dozens of virtual machines providing their software-as-a-service offering. We have customers using a cluster of physical servers with us as the back end to their wildly popular mobile apps.

We have a team of super-talented sysadmins available to help take the hassle out of your hosting. Any time you need someone to troubleshoot an issue, configure software, install something or advise just let us know. We are constantly working with things like web hosting control panels, mysql servers, postgresql servers, apache configs, email setups, firewall scripts and node/tomcat/rails hosting stacks.

Keep informed

We would love to keep you posted with useful information about new features and services we offer.

Follow http://twitter.com/rimuhosting (to be the first to hear all our news and observations about the world)

Register at http://blog.rimuhosting.com (for all our main news)

Like us facebook or google plus.

Help us improve?

We have posted a 5 minute survey. Please tell us there what we are doing well and what we need to improve. The form will also help us better understand our customers needs. Oh, and you can add a $10 credit to your account by submitting the form.

Refer a friend or colleague?

We would love to help your friends and colleagues with some hassle free hosting.

Say something about @RimuHosting on your http://twitter.com account.

Email a friend or colleague who needs a Linux server and tell them about us. Say something like: email support@rimuhosting.com and tell them what you need and mention I'd referred you.

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Debian 8 (Jessie) available

openlogo-nd-100We 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.
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Linux 4.0 kernel available

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.

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Dallas network upgrade

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!

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