Namecheap is Hit by a Massive DDOS Attack

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Namecheap is one of the big domain registrar and Web Hosting company based in Los Angeles, California. It’s one of company which makes it possible to type domain name (ex. www.google.com) instead of IP’s address (74.125.236.160). On Thursday, it was hit by a massive Distributed Denial of Service DDOS attack anyone has seen or dealt by anybody. The attack involved of about 100 GBPS of traffic driven towards Namecheap servers. As per company, “it was a new type of attack”. Due to DDOS attack, more than 300 websites were down or inaccessible. The attack was mainly on Domain Name System (DNS) servers.

Hackers, usually perform DDOS attack to target specific companies to disrupt customer’s point of view about it or to downgrade company’s reputation. DDOS attack has affected domain name resolving, Email forwarding, URL’s, domain host record updates etc. The company is constantly trying hard to tackle with huge attack.

Below mentioned is official update from Richard Kirkendall (CEO) and Matt  Russell (VP):

Today is one of the days that as a service provider who strives to deliver excellence day in and day out, you wish you never had. At around 15.55 GMT / 11.55 EST, a huge DDoS attack started against 300 or so domains on our DNS platform. Our DNS platform is a redundant, global platform spread across 3 continents and 5 countries that handles the DNS for many of our customers. This is a platform meticulously maintained and ran, and a platform that successfully fends off other DDoS attacks on an almost-daily basis. Today, however, I am compelled to announce that we struggled. The sheer size of the attack overwhelmed many of our DNS servers resulting in inaccessibility and sluggish performance. Our initial estimates show the attack size to be over 100Gbps; making this one of the largest attacks anyone has seen or dealt with. And this is a new type of attack, one that we and our hardware and network partners had not encountered before. We responded with our well-practiced mitigation plan while also enabling our backup system for those with affected domains. It took us around 3 hours to fully mitigate the attack, working closely with our hardware and network vendors. At this moment in time, 99% of our services are back to normal. I’d like to take this time to apologize to those customers affected. I also wish to iterate that we will learn from this attack and come back stronger, and more robust. We are bringing forward a key DNS infrastructure enhancement program that will see us massively expand the size of our DNS infrastructure and our ability to absorb and fend off attacks like these. We remain firmly committed to delivering the absolute best service possible to our loyal customers.

Richard Kirkendall
CEO

Facebook Acquires WhatsApp Messaging Service for $19bn

Social media giant Facebook announced today that it has acquired WhatsApp. This is one of biggest deal in tech industry. The amount which for which Facebook has acquired WhatsApp is $19 Billion.  WhatsApp was a messaging service started in 2009 by two former Yahoo employees named Jan Koum (CEO) and Brian Acton. WhatsApp has around 450 million active users all over world and expecting to reach 1 billion soon as 1 million new users get added every day.

According to the deal, WhatsApp includes 183,865,778 shares of Facebook stock, valued at $12 billion, along with $4 billion in cash. After acquisition closes, Facebook has promised to grant 45,966,444 restricted stock units (RSUs) to WhatsApp founders and employees, tacking on an additional $3 billion in value to the deal. Additional RSUs will vest over four years following closing.

Facebook acquires WhatsApp

“I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire WhatsApp and that their entire team will be joining us at Facebook. Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by building services that help people share any type of content with any group of people they want. WhatsApp will help us do this by continuing to develop a service that people around the world love to use every day.

WhatsApp is a simple, fast and reliable mobile messaging service that is used by over 450 million people on every major mobile platform. More than 1 million people sign up for WhatsApp every day and it is on its way to connecting one billion people. More and more people rely on WhatsApp to communicate with all of their contacts every day.

WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook. The product roadmap will remain unchanged and the team is going to stay in Mountain View. Over the next few years, we’re going to work hard to help WhatsApp grow and connect the whole world. We also expect that WhatsApp will add to our efforts forInternet.org, our partnership to make basic internet services affordable for everyone.

WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting. I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s.

Jan and the WhatsApp team have done some amazing work to connect almost half a billion people. I can’t wait for them to join Facebook and help us connect the rest of the world” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook.

“WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We’re excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world” said Jan Koum, founder and CEO of WhatsApp.

Cloud Hosting and their SLA

Cloud Hosting has become extremely important now days and one of the major internet invention of the decade. The reason behind its importance is server uptime guarantee. For ex. We can consider Google.com. From my experience of last 8 years, we have never faced such a situation that Google.com is down and it’s not working. This is a rare condition from everyone’s experience point of view. Now let’s see how cloud servers are setup and what makes them run for such a long time without any issues as compared to our normal physical servers.
Cloud servers are setup on clusters base. Due to this if in case any of the cloud clusters goes down then other cloud cluster takes the charge and we do not have to face any downtime. The same thing happens in case if the cloud server gets overloaded with major amount of requests. After seeing Cloud working, we will see various benefits of Cloud Hosting.
Benefits of Cloud Hosting:
Cloud servers can be accessed through internet from any part of the world.
Cloud servers use VMware virtualization techniques to create virtual servers.
Cloud servers are most reliable, scalable, affordable, flexible, secured for small, medium and large businesses.
Cloud VPS servers are getting more popular now by days as they available at affordable prices.
With Cloud servers, in order to upgrade hardware like RAM, we do not have to reboot the servers as auto-scalable RAM is available as per website traffic.

Future of Cloud Hosting:
Cloud Hosting is becoming more important now days seeing the importance from uptime as well as business point of view. Cloud hosting will be the need of future and has long way to go. As mentioned above regarding Cloud SSD VPS are getting more famous. Customers are getting more benefits with Cloud SSD VPS. Solid-State-Drive (SSD) VPS utilizes SSD drives which are 5 times more faster than normal drives and helps to increase server speed with less chances of disk failure. Cloud platform provides reliable, scalable and 100% uptime guarantee. Many large organizations have already transferred their data to Cloud Hosting platform. In past few years as the competition is increasing among major ISP’s and this has adversely affected prices for cloud hosting. Due to, a lot of cost cutting on Cloud hosting, mid level businesses have also migrated to Cloud platform. Small businesses or organization also have chance to improvise their own business by shifting their gear towards Cloud servers. Seeing benefits of Cloud Hosting, it looks like Cloud infrastructure will become fixed web servers in coming years.
Service Level Agreement:

We are talking about Cloud Hosting and we know that Cloud Servers are most reliable and offer 100%

uptime guarantee but still it’s very important as a customer to view Service Level Agreement (SLA) carefully before signing up with any Cloud Hosting service provider. SLA contains various terms and customers should understand each and every term and what exact solutions they are providing in case some issues occur. SLA, doesn’t provide uptime guarantee. However, hosting providers will remunerate in case if customers are facing downtime. Service Level Agreement varies from company to company. So it’s good have knowledge about SLA of companies customers are willing to sign up. Customer’s needs to think about various company SLA’s and decide which company would be better in case of any difficulty and their SLA can give confidence.
At last, I would like to mention here that customers need to think about Cloud platform. Considering competition in every field and in businesses, everyone needs to provide something different and new features to Clients. Cloud Hosting would be a good change.

Making a recommendation for a VPS web hosting provider not only provides an extra resource for your website visitors, but can earn your some very generous commissions. You have got nothing to loose from trying.

Why avoiding Unlimited Web Hosting Plan is the Smart Way to Go

Anyone in the market for a Website hosting  has certainly come across a hosting company offering unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space as part of their hosting packages. How do they do this? How physically, can they offer unlimited disk space when each server has a finite amount of disk space available for use? Perhaps more importantly, how can they offer unlimited bandwidth when the Internet does indeed have limitations?

Some consumers see the term unlimited and assume that they can’t go wrong. This is merely a marketing ploy just like unlimited minutes on your cell phone or unlimited trips to the salad bar. At some point, there will be a limit. And in most cases, it’ll cost you.

So why are unlimited plans even around? Because there are still consumers that just don’t know enough about Web hosting and assume that bigger is better. They generally see a low cost plan (sometimes under £10/month, watch out!) and don’t think twice. If you have a business Web site, the least you should be paying for quality Web hosting is £20 per month.

However, if you decide to go that route, be sure to read the fine print. Unlimited hosting packages generally have terms dictating that when you reach a certain point, they can either raise the cost of hosting drastically or even shut down your Web site! Remember, they’re in business to make money and aren’t going to run their business at a loss to simply retain your business.

So what can you do to avoid a hosting nightmare? First, find a hosting company where you can actually talk to a live person. This may sound obvious, but many large hosting providers only offer technical support via email with up to 24-hour response times. If your site goes down, are you willing to wait 24 hours for a response? Check to see if they even list a phone number on their Web site. Many large hosting providers don’t and consumers don’t even think to look for it until something is wrong with their site.

Second, discuss your needs with the Web hosting company. While most companies have set packages, some will be willing to customize hosting plans so that you only pay for the services you need. If a host isn’t willing to discuss the needs of your site with you, how helpful are they going to be as your site expands and your requirements increase?

Finally, plan for your growth. Don’t simply choose the cheapest plan because it meets your current needs. Assume that your Web site is going to increase its traffic over time and be sure that when it does, there are no hassles or downtime. Pay a little bit more if you have to because in Website hosting especially, you get what you pay for.

If you have a Web site for your business, Web hosting is the most critical aspect because without it, your site is useless. Knowing that your hosting provider is dependable and responsive can make all the difference because ideally, the only time you ever really need to talk to them is when something is wrong. It all comes down to the idea that if they’re willing to be deceitful to get your business by offering an unlimited plan, how can you be confident that they’ll be honest when you need them the most? Taking time to select the right host can make all the difference and let’s face it, while there is no such thing as unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space, there also is no such thing as 100% uptime. You’ll need your host, so choose wisely.

UK Reseller Hosting Offer: 50% Recurring Discount Coupon by WebHostUK

UK Reseller Hosting Offer
UK Reseller Hosting Offer

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WebHostUK offers Linux and Windows Reseller Hosting Plans which starts from £9.99 per month and comes with WHM/cPanel and Plesk control panel respectively. Customers also receive additional benefits such as:

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WebHostUK Unveiled Secured and Fast Joomla Hosting Plan

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joomla! Hosting

Monday, February, 03, 2014, WebHostUK, a leading provider of Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting, SSD Cloud Hosting and Dedicated Servers in UK launched secured and fast Joomla Hosting Plan.

Joomla is the 2nd most popular content management system (CMS) for publishing web content after WordPress. It includes long list of features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search and many more.

WebHostUK’s Joomla Plans will be hosted on secured and optimized Hexa Core Servers with 64GB RAM and Pure SSD Drives which will be monitored by system administrators round the clock to deliver best server performance.  The high configuration server with Pure SSD Drives will deliver faster database and web content response time. T he Joomla Hosting Plan will get the customers up and running on the same day. With this launch, WebhostUK looks forward to outperform its Joomla hosting competitors.

“The Joomla Hosting Plan is designed specifically for the Joomla users looking for faster server response, security and reliability, said Tim Harris, Business Development Manager of WebHostUK. He further added, “Our Specialized Joomla Hosting plan is hosted on fully optimized and high configuration secured servers with Pure SSD Drives that delivers faster data response time and allows user to deploy Joomla CMS on their website within few seconds with the help of one-click auto-installer”

WebHostUK’s Joomla Hosting Plan is available just for £5.00 GBP per month and as a promotional offer customers get 10% Discount on annual billing cycle by using JOOMLA10 coupon code. WebHostUK offers lightening fast live chat and email support 24x7x365 days and monitors server non-stop. WebhostUK also offers 99.9% uptime and 30 day money back guarantee on its Joomla Hosting Plan.

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About WebHostUK:

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