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New, Lower Pricing means more resources for you!

We want to be the best performing and cost effective host in Canada for VPS and web hosting.

As of today, all plans have been adjusted to include more RAM as standard.

Nano VPS

Goes from 128MB to 512MB

Micro VPS

Goes from 256MB of RAM to 1GB

Small VPS

Goes from 512MB of RAM to 1GB ! (This is huge), we upped the port speed from 10mbit to 100mbit as well.

Medium VPS

Goes from 1GB of RAM to 2GB. We also increased the port speed to 250mbit from 100mbit.

Large and Extra Large

Get Double what they had before

Enjoy!

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We’ve done it again! More resources at no additional cost

We’ve been busy provisioning new nodes and more SSD storage. While we were at it, we noticed that we wanted to give more RAM to our clients. When it came down to discussing pricing, we all concluded on the same thoughts. Free!

As of today, all existing clients will already notice the new resources on their server(s)!

Micro VPS

Goes from 128MB of RAM to 256MB

Small VPS

Goes from 128MB of RAM to 512MB ! (This is huge), we upped the port speed from 10mbit to 100mbit as well.

Medium VPS

Goes from 512MB of RAM to 1GB. We also increased the port speed to 250mbit from 100mbit.

Introducing the Nano VPS

While we were at it, we wanted to create a plan that’s perfect for developers to get started on our platform. We’ve introduced the new Nano VPS plan with 3GB of storage, 10GB of monthly bandwidth transfer and 128MB of ram (with 128MB vSwap). All for $15 /year! Our cheapest plan yet!

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SSD Storage Is Here

I know it’s been a while since our last post. However, we have been taking the time to upgrade infrastructure. As of this post (August 24, 2014) we only have 2 X3400 INTEL nodes left with traditional storage. The rest of our VPS nodes are now upgraded to Intel E3 CPU bases and over 50% of those have SSD storage.

To give an example for what you will expect in disk I/O compared to the traditional storage:

~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync

16384+0 records in

16384+0 records out

1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.78268 s, 386 MB/s

Typical sequential writes on RAID 10 SATA is around 80-100 MB/s. So most of our customers are already experiencing a 3x improvement on disk speeds.

We hope to eventually get our nodes up to exclusively SSD storage by the end of 2014 and early 2015. When that happens, we will be waiving the extra fee to be on an SSD node.

When you buy a new VPS with us, there is currently a 70/30 chance that you will be placed on an SSD node at no additional cost, however, until we are fully on SSD storage we cannot guarantee you will be placed on an SSD node unless the $2.50 /m addon is checked when you place your order.

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CloudFlare CDN Available Now on all cPanel Hosting Plans – Free

CloudFlare Railgun™

CloudFlare Optimized Partner

As a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, we are thrilled to offer the CloudFlare Railgun™ technology to all our customers free with any hosting package! Railgun is CloudFlare’s latest performance optimization technology that gives you significant improvements in site load times. To activate Railgun, log into your cPanel and select Railgun “On”. Read on for additional details and instructions:

Railgun ensures that the connection between our network and the CloudFlare network is as fast as possible. Railgun achieves a 99.6% compression ratio for previously uncacheable web objects by using techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. The average website can expect a 1.43x performance increase.

When a request is made to a CloudFlare server for a web page that is not in cache CloudFlare makes an HTTP connection to the origin server to request the page. It’s that HTTP connection that Railgun accelerates and secures.

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Even highly dynamic websites change slowly

Railgun works by recognizing that uncacheable web pages do not change very rapidly. For example, during an experiment, the CNN.com homepage HTML was captured once, and then again after 5 minutes and then again after one hour. The page sizes were 92,516, five minutes still 92,516 and one hour later 93,727.

CNN sets the caching on this page to 60 seconds. After one minute, it is necessary to download the entire page again. However, loo

king inside the page, not much has changed. In fact, the change between versions is on the order of 100s of bytes out of almost 100k. Here’s a screenshot of one of the binary differences between the CNN home page at five minute intervals. The yellow bytes have changed, the rest have not.

Experiments at CloudFlare have revealed similar change values across the web. For example, reddit.com changes by about 2.15% over five minutes and 3.16% over an hour. The New York Times home page changes by about 0.6% over five minutes and 3% over an hour. BBC News changes by about 0.4% over five minutes and 2% over an hour.

Although the dynamic web is not cacheable, it is also not changing quickly. That means that from moment to moment there’s only a small c

hange between versions of a page. CloudFlare Railgun uses this fact to achieve very high rates of compression. This is very similar to how video compression looks for changes from frame to frame; Railgun looks for changes on a page from download to download.

Railgun Technology

Railgun consists of two components: the sender and the listener. The sender is installed at every CloudFlare data center around the w

orld. The listener is a software component that [Name of Hosting Provider] has installed on our network for customers.

The sender and listener establish a permanent TCP connection that’s secured by TLS. This TCP connection is used for the Railgun protocol. It’s an all binary multiplexing protocol that allows multiple HTTP requests to be run simultaneously and asynchronously across the link. Or in other words, a persistent connection is opened between CloudFlare’s network and ours and eliminates the overhead of TCP.

We have made it simple for our customers to get the benefits of Railgun with one click.For additional information or questions please open a support ticket.

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We Love Developers, So Have a GIT Repository for Free!

A lot of things have happened this past year at OpenVZ.ca. We’ve moved to a brand new state-of-the-art data center in the heart of Montreal and we’ve added additional redundant carriers to our network. On top of this, we’ve actually lowered the cost of our VPS services by adding additional RAM and HDD space to our Medium, Large & Extra Large packages without increasing the price.

we-love-GIT-developersBut there’s one more thing…

We love to encourage the development of great web applications and sites, and we’ve found that one of the best ways to collaborate on code with your team members is to use GIT. The most commonly used repository is GitHub.com, but the kicker is that you need to pay a monthly fee if you want to keep your code private and not make it open source for all to see and use/copy.

So, we have taken the time to provision a similar GIT hosting service, that is fully web based and offers all of the exact same features for getting your code done that GitHub has, minus the social aspect. So you can spend more time getting your code done for your clients, and best of all, you can keep it private for free!

Anyone can use this service (customers and non-customers alike), we just ask that once you’re done coding and ready for production that you choose one of our VPS accounts to host it for you. Feel free to spread the URL around.

Check it out: http://git.ovz.ca

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New VPS Plan Added Today

We are pleased to introduce the “Micro” VPS plan, added today for purchase.

The new plan comes at a very low price of $30 /year and includes the following resources:

  • 1x Intel Xeon X3400 Cores
  • 128MB Ram (128MB vSWAP)
  • 5GB Hard Drive
  • 50GB Monthly Transfer
  • 1 IPv4
  • 1 IPv6
  • SolusVM Control Panel
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vSWAP Replaces User Beancounters

Since the release of CentOS 6, OpenVZ has modified the memory management model, replacing User Beancounters. This new method is called vSWAP and is what we will be offering to all new customers as a new standard.

It eliminates a lot of confusion between Guaranteed/Burstable memory models in the old system, and allows your VPS to behave in a more predictable way (more like a dedicated server).

Most of our customers have been migrated to the newer CentOS 6 nodes and vSWAP has already been implemented. If you have been migrated, the guaranteed RAM is what you will now see in your SolusVM interface and the burstable RAM will now show as SWAP within your VPS.

You can view how much SWAP you have allocated by typing the command:

# free -m

This is the official description for vSWAP provided by the OpenVZ Wiki:

New RHEL6-based OpenVZ kernel has a new memory management model, which supersedes User beancounters. It is called VSwap.

Now you can set two primary parameters: physpages and swappages, while all the other beancounters become secondary and optional.

  • physpages
This parameter limits the physical memory (RAM) available to processes inside a container.
The barrier is ignored and should be set to 0, and the limit sets the limit.
Currently (as of >= 042stab042) the user memory, the kernel memory and the page cache are accounted into physpages.
  • swappages
This parameter limits the amount of swap space which can be used for processes inside a container.
The barrier is ignored and should be set to 0, and the limit sets the limit.

The sum of physpages.limit and swappages.limit limits the maximum amount of allocated memory which can be used by a container. When physpages limit is reached, memory pages belonging to the container are pushed out to so called virtual swap (vswap). The difference between normal swap and vswap is that with vswap no actual disk I/O usually occurs. Instead, a container is artificially slowed down, to emulate the effect of the real swapping. Actual swap out occurs only if there is a global memory shortage on the system.

As always, if you have any questions regarding this post, please contact us or post a comment below.

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Hosted DNS as a Service Now Available as VPS Account Addon

In order to support the demand for DNS hosting requested by our customers over the previous months, we are pleased to announce the availability of two packages that can be added on to any VPS server.

  • DNS10 – Ability to host 10 domains and up to 100 records. ($2.50 per month with any VPS account)
  • DNS20 – Ability to host 20 domains and up to 250 records. ($5.00 per month with any VPS account)

This service can be added on to all current VPS accounts by creating an upgrade order from the ePortal. The web interface to control all DNS records is seamlessly integrated with the SolusVM web console.

If you have any questions regarding this service, please email sales@media-hosts.com.

Sincerely,
Media-Hosts Inc.

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Reverse DNS (PTR) Records for VPS

We are happy to announce that reverse DNS records for VPS accounts are now fully controllable via the SolusVM control panel.

Starting today, it will be no longer necessary to open a support ticket to modify reverse DNS entries.

We hope this will add an extra layer of simplicity to the service.

Sincerely,

Media-Hosts Inc.

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Softaculous Now Available on All cPanel Web Hosting Plans

Automatic Script Installer

The Softaculous Script auto-installer for suite for cPanel is now available on all web hosting plans.

As of the date of this post, Softaculous has over 259 scripts available for installation including the following very popular blogging and cms scripts:

WordPress, b2evolution, StatusNet, Drupal, Mambo, phpBB, SMF, AEF, Coppermine, Gallery, Jcow, OpenClassifieds, openX, WebCalendar, Shadows Rising, phpList, SquirrelMail, LimeSurvey, Piwik, SugarCRM, PHProjekt, osCommerce, Magento, phpBook, HESK, osTicket, kPlaylist, VidiScript, Gregarius, CodeIgniter, Moodle, Elgg.

What is Softaculous?

Softaculous is an auto installer for cPanel.  Unlike other auto installers Softaculous is much faster, well designed and it installs all scripts in just ONE STEP. 

If you have any questions, please open up a sales ticket and one of our reps will get back to you with more information.

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