Pure SSD vs. SSD-Cache

As we continue to expand our product line, it may be confusing as to what’s what. We want to break down the differences between our Pure SSD VPS product line and our SSD-Cache.

Pure SSD is the simpler of the two. Our Pure SSD line up consists of no platter/mechanical hard disk drives. Instead of it is powered 100% by SSD in a RAID 10 array.

Our SSD-Cache product line features mechanical hard disk drives in a RAID 10, however it features a single SSD. The purpose of this SSD is to handle “hot” data sets where the data is being accessed often, or is creating a high disk workload. Therefore, it is moved from the RAID 10 HDD array, and moved on to the SSD for faster processing, and to keep the RAID 10 array in good health as far as performance.

Bash Vulnerability: Get Updated

In case you have not heard, there is a vulnerability related to bash that affects all Linux machines. We advise you to update your systems as soon as possible.

If you use CentOS/Fedora you can simply run “yum update bash”

If you are using Ubunuty or Debian, you can run “sudo apt-get update”

Description: Stephane Chazelas discovered that Bash incorrectly handled trailing code in
function definitions. An attacker could use this issue to bypass
environment restrictions, such as SSH forced command environments.

Scheduled Maintenance in Seattle

This is to inform you of upcoming maintenance that will affect at least one of your services with us.
The following is the planned event that we have scheduled:
DATE: September 5th, 2014 and September 6th, 2014
ESTIMATED START TIME: 21:00 PST
ESTIMATED END TIME: 03:00 PST
ESTIMATED DOWNTIME: Up to 1.5 hours. Should be much less however.
IMPACT OF WORK: Reboot of VM.
NODES AFFECTED ON SEPTEMBER 5th: seaxen01, seaxen02, seaxen04, seaxen06, seaxen07
NODES AFFECTED ON SEPTEMBER 6th: seaxen08, seaxen10, seaxen11, seaxen12, seaxen15
DESCRIPTION:
We will be performing maintenance on a number of nodes to take preventative measures to ensure maximum uptime of our servers.  This will require that all nodes involved in the maintenance to be rebooted. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at support@virpus.com

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Virpus.com
a Wow Technologies, Inc Company

Virpus.com now offering Bitcoin

Seattle, WA – August 15, 2014Virpus, a leading provider of XEN VPS & SSD VPS hosting and a WOW Technologies, Inc. company, is announcing its ability to accept bitcoin as payment for hosting services through an integration with Coin.co, a payment processing company that allows merchants and retailers to take bitcoin payments for their goods and services.

The hosting industry specifically has a lot to gain from the movement towards digital currency since customers in developed countries are already familiar with online payments for hosting services and developing countries rising needs for hosting services are creating a overall increase in demand to the industry.

“Apart from equipping US-based consumers with the Bitcoin option, this integration is bringing worldwide value for consumers in countries where paying with credit card is not preferred and making payments through services like PayPal are not available,” says Kenneth Odem, Product Manager for Virpus.

Bitcoin and its technology—deemed revolutionary by many—is allowing services to be utilized from anywhere in the world, regardless of country-specific payment limitation.

“It is rewarding to enable companies to tap into underserved markets that not only have lacking hosting services, but also experience limited payment options—especially the digital methods that are conducive to purchasing online services like hosting,” says Brendan Diaz, CEO of Coin.co who has a deep history in the hosting industry.

Virpus and Coin.co are seeing first-hand how Bitcoin integration is helping to bring new business to American companies, as well as more options and services to international businesses and the global consumer.

About Virpus and Wow Technologies

Virpus a subsidiary of Wow Technologies, Inc., is a leader in SSD Xen VPS Hosting with the mission of providing an unmatched service at highly competitive price points. Wow Technologies, Inc. (dba Wowrack.com and Coloinseattle.com) is a cloud service provider; offering various Hosting services including Managed Hosting Solutions, Dedicated Server Solutions, Colocation, Virtualization, Bandwidth Delivery and Managed Services. Our competency includes being able to design, provision, implement, manage and monitor high traffic websites that require high availability and redundant infrastructure. For more information, please visit:
http://virpus.com | http://wowrack.com | http://wowtechnologiesinc.com

About Coin.co

Coin.co is a New York-based payment processor that focuses on providing bitcoin-processing solutions to forward thinking companies. Typically working with large corporations and institutions, Coin.co’s technology enables businesses to accept bitcoin from their customers, yet receive U.S. dollars into their bank accounts. With extensive history in the Bitcoin space, Coin.co’s team provides expertise, regulatory guidance and heightened diligence on its clients’ bitcoin transactions. For more information, please visit: www.coin.co.

Media Contacts:

Sarah Tyre
Communications Director
Coin.co
Sarah.tyre@coin.co
(239) 849 4522

Chau Saenz
Marketing Director
Wow Technologies, Inc.
chau@wowrack.com
206-522-4402 x 6905

Virpus Networks Acquired

SEATTLE, WA – Wow Technologies, Inc., a Seattle, WA. based Cloud Infrastructure Company, today announces that it has acquired the assets of Virpus Networks, Inc., a leader in budget Xen VPS’s currently based in Kansas City, MO.

With the acquisition of Virpus, Wow Technologies is able to extend over into the budget VPS hosting world, and add serious value to the market by using its resources to expand onto what Virpus has already built. “Kenneth has built a quality product with loyal customer base with Virpus and we are extremely excited that we will build on top of what Kenneth has already achieved. We will be offering new product and services in the coming months and adding different datacenter locations to our offerings”, says Jimmy Pandra, President and Managing Partner at Wow Technologies.

“I feel this acquisition is going to open up new possibilities for the market as a whole, in addition to being able to provide the existing customer base and new customers with a far more superior service over our competitors”, says Kenneth Odem, co-founder of Virpus Networks. “I’m excited for the new direction of the company, as well as remaining onboard to oversee the operation to help excel the company’s growth plan.”

Virpus was founded in 2006 by Kenneth Odem and Nick Rose with the mission from the very beginning of providing an unmatched service at highly competitive price points.

Wow Technologies, Inc, founded in 2001, is a Seattle based cloud service provider; offering various Hosting services including Private Cloud and Managed Hosting Solutions, Dedicated Server Solutions, Web Hosting Solutions and Colocation Services. The company runs multiple brands of hosting products including Wowrack.com, Coloinseattle.com, Serverstadium.com and Stylehosting.com.

New Version of Kloxo released

LXLabs has released a new version of Kloxo that fixes the security holes mentioned in our last post. While we still have the recommendation of ultimately REMOVING Kloxo, if you insist on taking the risk of using the software, we ask that you upgrade to the latest version.

Please see http://project.lxcenter.org/news/25

Kloxo Security Issue

We are noticing a lot of malicious activity coming from VPS’s that utilize Kloxo. We recommend that you immediately upgrade your instance(s) or preferably, remove the software all together.

If you MUST upgrade vs. removing the software, then please use Kloxo MR

Please take IMMEDIATE action, as if we detect issues from your VM, we will Suspend your service.

Payza discontinued until further notice

Dear Customers,

Due to circumstances out of our control, we are being forced to shut down our payment gateway with Payza until further notice.  It seems that the payment processor is having long term stability issues with securing a partner to process their US based transactions.  As we are a US business, this directly affects our ability to obtain funds from our customers.  Therefore, we have no choice but to discontinue it until further notice.

Here is what Payza has posted on their website:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Payza’s account platform is no longer accessible to members in the United States. Therefore, you cannot add, send or receive funds to or from your account.

 

Unfortunately, the third party relationship that enabled U.S. members to access their stored value account services was terminated. It is with great regret that we have had to withdraw from the U.S. market.

 

All withdrawal requests will remain pending until further notice. We are working diligently on resolving this matter and will update you immediately with any developments.

How to disable Recursive DNS

Recursive DNS enabled can cause some issues related to unintended denial of service attacks.  As such, it is recommended it is disabled unless you have a very specific reason for having it enabled.

As every system is different, the general method of disabling it is as follows:
1. Open named.conf.  This file is usually found in /etc/named.conf, however if you cannot find it there, try performing:

locate named.conf

2. Under the Options settings, make sure the follow line exists; if not, add it:

recursion no;

3. After that, you’re all set.  All that is left is to reboot your DNS server by running this command:

service named restart

 

Scheduled Maintenance for Los Angeles

This is to inform you of upcoming maintenance for all customers located in our Los Angeles location.

DATE: November, 9th, 2013
TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST
NODES AFFECTED: All servers in Los Angeles facility.
ESTIMATED DOWNTIME: ~1-2 hours

SUMMARY OF MAINTENANCE: We will be moving all servers in our Los Angeles location to a new area in the building to support our plans for continued growth in the Los Angeles VPS market.

Please bare in mind that our Kansas City location is NOT affected by this, and you should disregard this e-mail should this be the case.  All Los Angeles nodes will start with ‘la-‘ as read in manage.virpus.com for the node name.  If your node name does not start with ‘la’ then you are not affected by this.

Thank you in advance for your patience. We will send a reminder e-mail out two days prior to the maintenance.

Sincerely,

Virpus Networks, Inc.