In the morning of Tuesday, 8 April, we noticed that a bug had been reported in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160), called Heartbleed. This bug can only be found in third-party software. It enables hackers to read 64K of memory on a server that is running one of the OpenSSL versions affected by this issue.
Whenever we build a new CDN SuperPoP or improve the infrastructure in another way, we constantly think about how to keep our systems scalable. You see, we did not just ‘create a CDN’. We created a CDN that can compete with the big players in the market. Therefore, we built it with big numbers on our mind. We have reserved half a Terabit of capacity for streaming, using about 1500 SSDs, each with half a Terabyte of capacity. With this setup, we can handle hundreds of thousands of requests per second. But this is where things get a little complicated. How do we exactly keep track of who is doing what on our CDN nodes?
This is the third installment of LeaseWeb’s bi-annually Law Enforcement Transparency Report. It shows the number of demands we received in the prior six months. The figures below are for the period of July 1st - December 31st, 2013.
LeaseWeb believes that clients and other stakeholders deserve a clear articulation of LeaseWeb’s obligations and responsibilities to increase their understanding on how we ensure the highest quality of service, while adhering to the law. Customers are increasingly using technology to communicate and to store private and sensitive information. Like others in the technology industry, we believe it is important for the public to have transparent information about law enforcement access to customer data.
With the new year just starting, here is an update for you on the LeaseWeb Partner Program developments and what’s in store for 2014!
LeaseWeb embarked on a new journey mid last year, kicking off the LeaseWeb Partner Network (LPN). Over the past six months, we developed the foundation and framework of the LPN, creating a platform to build and manage all types of partnerships across all levels. By providing current and future partners with on-demand infrastructure, we help them focus on their core business and augment their growth.
In my role as a Product Manager at LeaseWeb, I constantly interact with our customers to find out how we can improve our products to fit their needs better. Quite often, I receive requests from customers for faster processors or even GPUs to accelerate their hosting platform.
Like we announced in this press release, last week we launched the LeaseWeb Private Cloud, powered by Apache CloudStack. With this new solution, we are addressing the need for a flexible, resource-pool based, private cloud product. The offering is based on Apache CloudStack, and gives customers full control over their private cloud, while we take care of the redundant infrastructure.
Before the product was launched, we worked with a number of customers, fine-tuning the offering and platform. In this post, I’ll go through some use cases for our new resource pool to show some of the amazing things customers can do with the new product.
As the administrator of .nl, SIDN is responsible for the functional stability and development of the Netherlands’ country-code top-level domain (TLD). LeaseWeb recently became the first company to implement SIDN’s local anycast technology in its network. Marco Davids, Technical Advisor at SIDN, explains how local anycast differs from regular anycast.
At SIDN we operate an impressive DNS-infrastructure: available at all times, under all circumstances, and designed to reply to thousands of DNS-queries per second. The downside of such a powerful infrastructure is that it can function quite well as a reflector for amplifying DDoS-traffic. And thus, besides using open resolvers, the bad guys also abuse (our) powerful authoritative name servers to amplify their malicious DDoS-traffic.
You know Silicon Valley, but have you heard of Silicon Wadi? As a Business Development Manager for LeaseWeb, I have traveled to many countries, strengthening relationships with existing customers and building new ones. In December, I will embark on the mission of nurturing business relationships in Israel, together with other LeaseWeb team members. Here are three reasons why this country is so attractive to tech companies around the world.
The LeaseWeb Cloud development team has used Scrum as a software development methodology since 2011. During these two and a half years, we produced a lot of good results. But of course, there were also some bumps on the road. We had to deal with various challenges, adapting our processes along the way. As product owner of the Cloud development team, I would like to share some of the things we have learned over the years.