Sometimes less can be more. There are types of web scale workloads that don’t require a lot of single threaded CPU performance, such as static web content delivery or low-end dedicated hosting. In those cases, using microservers based on multiple low-cost, low-power server processors can be an interesting prospect.
Today is another exciting day – we have just released additional Cloud platforms in Germany and the Netherlands and we restructured our Cloud portfolio!
The most important addition to our product lineup is the new LeaseWeb Cloud product, which combines cloud instances with a private virtual network. This enables you to create more advanced infrastructures while maintaining close control over data traffic consumption and access to your infrastructure.
I’ve been working in the hosting business for quite some years now. During my time, it often happens that I work with companies that have multiple contacts. One can be the technical guy, responsible for the IT infrastructure and another can be the actual decision maker who might not be very technical but understands the value of good service and competitive pricing.
In these situations, I like to make sure everyone understands why we are recommending a specific solution. When it comes specifically to a CPU, there’s a basic, simplified way to explain what components a processor has and how to choose the ones that are important to run your website or applications.
A while back we introduced the free Basic Firewall functionality for all Express Cloud Servers ordered after the 19th of March 2012. This is an easy way to add an extra layer of protection to your Cloud instance at no additional cost. Many customers are now using the Basic Firewall to further protect their infrastructure ever since we made it available, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to go through the features it offers – and to point out a few pitfalls when using them.
I’m proud to announce that we have established a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) connection to AMS-IX. The new Ethernet standard allows ten times the amount of traffic to be sent over one line compared to the previous standard of 10GE, thereby significantly improving bandwidth utilization. It’s a big technological leap forward: 100GE increases our capacity and reduces the inherent complications and potential issues associated with multiple lines. This makes it easier to scale and support growth. And not only will it offer greater flexibility, we’ll also be able to increase our capacity even faster when needed.
Did you know we recently expanded our dedicated server portfolio? LeaseWeb already offers many options to customize your servers, and with the addition of the HP DL180G6 with 2 Intel Hexa-Core Xeon E5645 processors, we have even more server-flavors for you to choose from!
With IPv4 Exhaustion catching up, LeaseWeb’s network and innovation experts have been busy for the past few years thinking of new ways to support our customers and become smarter with our IPv4 usage. This is of course done hand in hand with preparing, educating and promoting the use of IPv6 on our network.
We keep adding new features to the LeaseWeb Cloud, evolving it into one of the strongest Cloud platforms on the market. A new update will be released soon, so be sure to watch this space for news about all the developments!
In the meantime, here’s a small preview of a new feature that we will be adding for free to all recent LeaseWeb Express Cloud instances:
You may have noticed that there has been a lot of noise about IPv6 recently, with the ‘World IPv6 Launch’ taking place on 6 June 2012. However, you might wonder why progress remains so low. Well, the main factor is that IPv6 and IPv4 are two completely separate protocols. IPv6 is not backwards-compatible with IPv4, meanwhile IPv6-only hosts are unable to connect to the traditional IPv4 Internet.
Unfortunately this distinction is a decision that was made over 15 years ago; but it is only now that we are faced with the issues this creates. It means that for a relatively long period of time we will have two separate internet ‘universes’ – one old (IPv4) and one new (IPv6).