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  • ASPnix – Offering High Performance Linux VPS Servers

    No comments November 13th, 2015

    We are very pleased to announce that we are now offering Linux Virtual Cloud Servers! In addition to our Windows VPS offerings under Hyper-V and Server 2012 R2, we are now offering Linux VPS servers under KVM and CentOS. Finally here, one of our most requested new services, alongside our new network setups, higher capacity link from Level 3, we can now deliver a Linux VPS Cloud system! All Linux VPS services run on new high-end Supermicro servers complete with Samsung Pro SSD drives, Intel Xeon processors and high performance DDR 4 RAM. Many providers charge extra for SSD-based VMs, we provide them as standard! Many other providers also use “Software Virtualizors” such as OpenVZ, we use true kernel-based Virtualizor called KVM. Which requires hardware that is fully capable for hardware virtualization and hardware virtualization acceleration.

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    We allow full SSH access as well as VNC support for Java and HTML5 supported browsers. Fully automated nightly backups, one-click install control panels like cPanel, ISO support to install your own Operating System if our pre-built templates do not meet your requirements and much more!

    You can review our new Linux Virtual Server offerings and plans here https://www.aspnix.com/servers/linux-virtual-servers/ Signup, give one a try 🙂 All VPS servers are setup instantly with the Operating System of your choice!

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix as your hosting provider!

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  • Weekend Server Maintenance Completed

    No comments November 8th, 2015

    The scheduled server and software upgrades scheduled for this weekend have been completed. We are very pleased to see that the CPU usage for our SQL Server cluster is very low with the new processors. The average 24 hour usage has dropped from 67% to just 5%! We’ve had extremely good feedback from a few customers who rely heavily on SQL Server, stating that queries now execute very fast and results are returned faster than before the upgrade. This upgrade, combined with the previous RAM and full SSD upgrade has really improved the experience with SQL Server.

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    As you can see from the monitoring graph above, the total combined CPU usage dropped immediately after our upgrades and have stayed down since. No major spikes in usage, very consistent usage.

    SmarterMail was also upgraded this weekend to the latest available build. This new version addresses a stability issue where a crash in the Cyren engine would trigger a global crash of the entire SmarterMail system. They’ve fixed this by moving the Cyren anti-spam checks to an outside process, this way if the engine crashes, SmarterMail simply restarts the process and continues running as if nothing ever happened. There have been many other improvements and bug fixes around IMAP and ActiveSync and other areas of SmarterMail as well.

    The session state handling for SmarterMail’s web interface have been moved from in process to a dedicated Session State server. This should help address random disconnects from webmail during use.

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • How to upgrade Fedora 21 to Fedora 23?

    No comments November 8th, 2015

    While were try to bring all latest and greatest images/templates to our VPS services, you might still sometimes find a slightly outdated versions of OS Templates installed. It’s rather easy to upgrade the system and this KB shows step by step how to upgrade Fedora 21 to Fedora 23 using new DNF upgrade plugins (a recommended way to upgrade by Fedora Project).

    Step 1

    yum update -y && restart

    Step 2

    yum install dnf dnf-plugin-system-upgrade -y

    Step 3

    dnf system-upgrade download –releasever=23 -y

    Step 4

    dnf system-upgrade reboot

    Once the system is restarted and you get your ping back, login to your new and updated Fedora 23. Note that it might take about 5 minutes for this restart to complete.

    It’s time to get to know new DNF package manager.

    More details about upgrade on Fedora Project Wiki.

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  • MSSQL01 Farm Processors Upgrade (Completed)

    No comments November 5th, 2015

    Unfortunately we will not be able to complete the SQL Server upgrades this evening as our hardware vendor has shipped the incorrect processors. We’ve contacted them and had the error corrected and the new processors have been shipped overnight.

    The upgrade has been rescheduled for tomorrow (Friday, November 6th) at 8PM MST. The downtime for this upgrade will be very minimal, 5 – 10 minutes at the most.

    Scheduled Date: 11-07-2015
    Scheduled Time: 3:00 AM – 3:10 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 10 minutes

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix!

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  • MX01 SmarterMail Upcoming Scheduled Maintenance

    No comments November 4th, 2015

    We will be updating our MX01 server to the latest build of SmarterMail on Friday, November 6th at 10PM MST. We expect the upgrade to take about 15 – 20 minutes. This update includes many improvements and bug fixes, which you can review on SmarterMail’s release notes page.

    Scheduled Date: 11-07-2015
    Scheduled Time:
    5:00 AM – 5:20 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 20 Minutes

    If you have any questions or concerns please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

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  • MSSQL01 Farm Processors Upgrade (Rescheduled)

    No comments November 4th, 2015

    Tomorrow evening (11-5-2015) at 8PM MST we will be upgrading our MSSQL01 server farm’s processors to more powerful E5 Xeons. Currently we are noticing some large spikes in CPU usage that we are not very happy with. The spikes in CPU usage may cause issues for customers and their applications, so we’ve ordered several new extremely high-end replacement E5 Xeons.

    The downtime for this upgrade will be very minimal, 5 – 10 minutes at the most.

    Scheduled Date: 11-06-2015
    Scheduled Time: 3:00 AM – 3:10 AM UTC
    Max Outage Duration: 10 minutes

    Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix!

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  • EV SSL Certification Complete – ASPnix now secured with EV SSL Certificates!

    No comments November 4th, 2015

    We are very pleased to announce that our root website (www.aspnix.com) and our billing system (billing.aspnix.com) are now secured with a Comodo Extended Validation SSL certificate! This means that you will now see the standard “green bar” or the green label next to the address bar showing the green lock as well as our company name (Anaxa LLC).

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    By installing an EV SSL Certificate we are establishing a legal, physical and operational existence of ASPnix – Anaxa, LLC, this also verifies our business operational license and many other factors that is required to buy, install and verify an EV SSL vs. the standard “quick-and-easy” SSL certificate.

    What exactly is an EV SSL certificate? An EV SSL (or Extended Validation) SSL certificate goes beyond the standard certificate by verifying the domain / domain owner, but also verifying the business’s license, address, phone number, contact email address, members of the company and their respective positions, as well as 3rd party validation through companies like Dun & Bradstreet. All this is done manually by the Certificate Authority vs. the standard SSL verification which is all automated through email and phone.

    We’ve also gone through the EV SSL rules and requirements to build trust with our existing customers as well as build up a relationship with new customers. Showing a normal SSL secured lock icon is great, but going a step further and taking the time (and money) to buy, verify and complete the installation of an EV SSL certificate speaks volumes for a company. Many of the world’s most well-known companies such as PayPal, eBay, J.P. Morgan Chase and many other large financial institutions use EV SSL certificates to prove their website’s identity to customers as well as prevent phishing and just build trust. We are proud to be one of the few hosting providers to offer this to our customers!

    Other ASPnix websites such as chat.aspnix.com, panel.aspnix.com and tspanel.aspnix.com will continue to use the standard wildcard SSL certificates, so do not be alarmed to not see the green bar. We felt it was only required to secure our main website and obviously our billing system where financial transactions occur.

    We hope this change is welcomed by everyone and makes you feel more secure with ASPnix knowing that we’ve taken SSL and security seriously and taken our SSL validation and verification to the next level.

    As always, Thank you for choosing ASPnix as your hosting provider!

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  • ASPnix – Offering Linux cPanel Cloud Web Hosting

    No comments November 2nd, 2015

    We are very pleased to announce that we are now offering our Linux cPanel Cloud Web Hosting services! Alongside our beefed up network switching capacity, our higher capacity up-link from Level 3, we feel we can now offer a much more satisfactory Linux web hosting experience! We’ve worked for months getting all the kinks in our new cloud infrastructure and have it perfected. Our Linux web hosting services, just like our Windows services have been built around the best Supermicro servers, Samsung Pro SSD drives and Intel Gigabit network controllers and a fully gigabit-backed network as well as and improved Linux support staff. We know many will be pleased to see MariaDB as our standard database offering as well as PHP 5.6, Perl and Ruby on Rails. IPv6 is also supported!

    Wait?! Didn’t ASPnix offer Linux hosting not long ago? Wasn’t it retired and closed!?!

    Yes, in February of 2014 we retired our previous Linux web hosting offerings. This was due to multiple reasons internally, both technical and administrative. A lot has changed since we closed our previous hosting options, our network infrastructure has been massively upgraded, new routing equipment, Level 3’s up-link has been upgraded, our server support staff has grown, our Cloud Hosting Platform has grown over the past 6 months and we’ve stabilized it with massive investments in high-end hardware.

    We’ve had a demand for Linux cPanel hosting and we feel with the stability of our systems and services we can now properly serve the Linux community. So, with that, our single fully unlimited cPanel hosting plan is now available! We know we have some ground to make up with our Linux hosting offerings, but we feel that we can easily make that up with our massively improved platform! Speaking of Linux… Keep an eye out for soon-to-be-announced Linux Virtual Server hosting solutions powered by KVM!

    If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please let us know!

    Thank you for choosing ASPnix!

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