VPS.NET in the clouds!
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done a “weekly” update here at VPS.NET. I promise you, the lack of updates certainly had nothing to do with the recent release of Red Dead Redemption. Purely coincidence.
The curious ones out there are probably wondering why the title of this weekly update is “VPS.NET in the clouds.” I have the answer for you. Oleh, our Support Manager, had this picture of him taken recently. Military fatigues and VPS.NET gear – that’s right, we do it hardcore! Please also remind me to never crack a joke at Oleh’s expense. Pretty sure he’ll snap me like a twig. Nick, sorry buddy, looks like you’re still the target of choice!
We’re also proud to announce that Slackware 13.0 is available for use on VPS.NET. You can find them in the Beta templates section; you have the options of the basic OS installation, MySQL only, Apache Only, or Apache, PHP and MySQL. This means you now have 9 different choices for operating systems at VPS.NET. Rumor has it a *TENTH* is real close to being released in beta… feel free to guess at which OS that is 😉
For those of you who end up getting hit by Digg, SlashDot, Buzz, or any of those other sites that love to kill servers, you’ll be happy to hear of our new auto scaling feature. If you’re a ServerDensity user, you can sign up for auto scaling, which will automatically monitor your server for increased traffic levels (and thereby CPU & RAM usage). If it detects that additional nodes are needed, they’ll be automagically added to your account avoiding any unnecessary downtime for your site. Social media doesn’t have anything on VPS.NET users!
We announced this one on the blog earlier already, but in case you missed it, nodes are now billed by the minute. This means that if you purchase a node, and use it for a 20 days, you will be credited for the remaining time left in the month. The credit can then be used for future VPS.NET services, whether it be for your nodes, addon services or CDN purchases. This one is a feature that our resellers were virtually screaming for, so I’m sure you all out there who resell the VPS.NET services greatly appreciate this. If you’re interested in reselling our services, definitely contact us; our resellers benefit from the additional profit stream of offering Cloud VPS Services and CDN services, without any upfront expenses.
Finally, we’ve moved the VPS.NET website over to SoftLayer’s (A UK2.NET strategic partner) Washington DC location. This makes it much easier for us to use their anycast DNS features, along with giving us the ability to give updates in case we ever have any problems with our cloud servers.