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On 23rd June, the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) announced 65 new members, including CheapVPS.  In May, technology leaders BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE announced the formation of OVA, with the goal to provide education, best practices and technical advice to help businesses understand and evaluate their virtualisation options, including open source alternatives such as the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM).  In joining the alliance, we are reaffirming our commitment to working with the best technologies and suppliers in order to deliver affordable performance and reliability.

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We’ve got a fantastic KVM offer this month:

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Free 1 month of Fully Managed Service with all KVM orders in June!

This month we’re giving away a free month of our Fully Managed Service package with every KVM order! Let us take the hassle out of setting up your server and give you peace of mind, knowing that we’ll take care of your backups, server hardening and we’ll even pro-actively monitor and resolve any issues.

  • We’ll set up your backups
  • We’ll install and configure software and any patches
  • We’ll secure your server
  • Pro-active monitoring
  • To take advantage of this fantastic offer, just purchase one of our KVM plans in June.

Usual price £35 per month, not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Click here to see the complete list of what you get with the Fully Managed Service upgrade

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We’ll be deleting the KVM beta packages on Friday 20th May (this Friday), so if you are looking to keep yours, please make sure you have let us know by then!

This is your last chance to bag yourself a 20% discount off any of our KVM servers! Any SolusVM/KVM beta accounts that have not been claimed by this Friday will be permanently deleted.

Full details and how to claim

More beta testing opportunities will be coming up in the coming months – follow us on twitter or watch this space to be the first to hear about them.

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In this post we’ll go through making the most of our backup space products. If you have a VPS with us then you will already have 1GB of free backup space to use. We also sell them separately in 10GB, 20GB, 50GB and 100GB packages (and we’re offering 50% off when bought with any VPS throughout May)

It’s up to you what you choose to backup, just enter the path to the directory that you want backing up in place of my-directory in the example below. You will get your backup space login details when you purchase your backup package.

In the following steps I will show you how to setup a basic backup with our backup system:

1. Setup the key based SSH authentication

The first thing to do is to setup the key-based SSH authentication, so that the two systems can connect to each other securely without password prompts:

ssh keygen -t rsa -N ''

(thats a pair of single quotes at the end)

Next we need to copy the public key over to the backup server:

scp ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub backup-user@backup-server:keys/backup-dir

then:

ssh backup-user@backup-server mergekeys

2. Backup your stuff

Once the key is uploaded to the backup server, you can run the following command in order to sync a directory with the remote server:

rsync -avz -e ssh /my-local-directory backup-user@backup-server:backup-dir

You will get your server details (hostname, username etc.) for the backup server once you have activated your backup package.

Of course you can take this further by adding this to your crontab to schedule a daily backup for example.

50% off all backup space products in May when bought with any VPS
Throughout May we will be offering 50% discount on all backup packages when bought with any VPS, so why not take advantage of this huge discount to get your backup space sorted out? Our backup packages are stored off-site, fully compatible with cPanel and Rsync and come with FTP and SSH access.

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Well, the KVM/SolusVM beta is over now, thanks to everyone who took part. If you want to keep your VPS then drop us a ticket and we’ll sort out the 20% discount for you, if you don’t want to keep it, then don’t worry, your KVM package will automatically drop off your account in the next couple of weeks or so. Watch this space for future beta packages!

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50% off all backup packages when bought with any VPS package

We’ve slashed the prices of all of our backup space packages by 50% when bought with any VPS package. So why not take advantage of this low price to get your backup solution sorted out? Data is backed up to offsite RAID storage, and you can access it through SSH or FTP. Fully cPanel and Rsync compatible.

Just pick your backup package during the checkout process and you will receive a recurring 50% discount. Existing customers, feel free to contact us to claim this 50% discount off any backup package.

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OpenVZ upgrade offer for our best customers!

If you have been with us for at least a year then we want to reward you with a heavily discounted OpenVZ package. We have 50 of these available on a first come, first served basis!

  • 1GB guaranteed RAM (2GB burst)
  • 25GB Disk Space
  • 3TB Bandwidth
  • 2 IP addresses

For £7.95 + VAT p/m

If you have an existing OpenVZ package then you can upgrade to this seamlessly. If you have been with us for a year but don’t have an OpenVZ package then you are welcome to purchase one of these in addition to any servers you already have.

Contact our sales team to claim yours.

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FREE cPanel license with our fully managed service upgrade

Add a fully managed service package to any VPS and get a FREE cPanel licence thrown in. Order now!

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Just a quick update on the SolusVM/KVM beta packages today:

  • Just over a week left to grab one if you haven’t got one already – if you keep it on after the end of the beta you get 20% off the usual package price for as long as you keep it. Beta ends on the 1st May.
  • We’re just working on adding openSUSE images too

If you have any questions or need any help, just drop us a ticket.

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Update (16/09/11)We are now 100% IPv6 ready!



We are frequently asked “When will you support IPv6?” and “What do I need to do about IPv6?” so to answer:

“We should be 100% IPv6 ready by the end of the summer – we’re mainly waiting for upstream providers to roll out their IPv6 implementations”

Why are we moving to IPv6?

  • IPv4 address space will be all be used up soon (probably by the end of this year).
  • It’s more secure. IPsec is fully integrated for packet encryption and sender authentication.
  • Multicast is now a requirement – unlike IPv4 where multicast is optional and not all devices support it.
  • Stateless automatic configuration allows the node to splice it’s MAC address and a router prefix to get it’s own address; effectively meaning DHCP is not needed as much with IPv6 (it is still useful in some situations)
  • No NAT. With around 5×1028 addresses for each person on the planet available there is no need for sharing any more.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

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We’ve been running our free beta promotion for a couple of weeks now and on the whole things are going great. Thanks to everyone taking part and helping us out by messing around and testing things out.

Quick update:

We’ve been adding ISOs since we launched the beta. Here’s a list of the ISOs available so far:

  • CentOS 5.5 32bit
  • CentOS 5.5 64bit
  • Debian 5.4 32bit
  • Debian 5.4 64bit
  • Debian 6.0 32bit
  • Debian 6.0 64bit
  • Fedora 14 32bit
  • Fedora 14 64bit
  • Gentoo 2011 Minimal 32bit
  • Gentoo 2011 Minimal 64bit
  • Slackware 13 32bit
  • Slackware 13 64bit
  • Ubuntu 10.04 32bit
  • Ubuntu 10.04 64bit
  • Ubuntu 10.10 32bit
  • Ubuntu 10.10 64bit
  • FreeBSD 8.0 64bit
  • NetBSD 5.1 32bit
  • NetBSD 5.1 64bit
  • OpenBSD 4.8 32bit
  • OpenBSD 4.8 64bit
  • Solaris 11 Express
  • Open Indiana Build 148 32bit

If you don’t see the OS you are after, let us know and we’ll see about getting it added.

We’ve also passed on a feature request to SolusVM for a way of viewing and mounting available ISOs from your control panel. In the meantime, if you need a different OS just drop us a ticket and we’ll sort it out for you.

Big thanks again to everyone taking part – your help is very much appreciated!

If you haven’t claimed your free beta account yet, remember you only have until the 1st May to sign up!

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I’ve been playing Minecraft for a couple of months. It’s a fantastic sandbox game but if you want to play with other people and keep your own persistent world, you’ll need to setup your own server.

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We frequently get asked “is KVM the best platform?” or “what advantages does KVM offer over other platforms?” So following on from last weeks post comparing OpenVZ and Xen here’s a quick rundown…

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