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Welcome to LowEndBox!

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: June 4, 2021 @ 4:32 pm, by raindog308

Welcome to LowEndBox, the Best Cheap VPS and Hosting MarketplaceWelcome to the best site on the Internet for finding cheap vps and cheap hosting! Together with our sister site, LowEndTalk, we’ve been saving you money on hosting since 2008. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest vps, inexpensive shared hosting, low priced dedicated servers, or cheap Windows VPS, LowEndBox is the premier site for finding deals, talking with other bargain shoppers, and learning how to use your systems effectively.

So search our offers, laugh at our cartoons, learn from our tutorials, watch our YouTube channel, and participate in our community. Welcome to LowEndBox!

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Cloudflare Complains About Amazon AWS Egress Fees

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: July 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by raindog308

cloudflare logoIn a blog post this week, Cloudflare complained that Amazon AWS’s egress fees are too high.  According to CF’s calculations, customers are paying:

  • 80 times Amazon’s costs in the US, Canada, and Europe
  • 21 times Amazon’s costs in South America
  • Between 3.5 times and 17 times Amazon’s costs in Asia

As they put it, “Amazon stands alone in not passing on savings” and notes that Amazon AWS has declined to be part of the Bandwidth Alliance, in which major providers substantially discount egress charges between mutual Cloudflare customers.

Industry-wide, over the last 10 years, wholesale bandwidth costs are 93% cheaper than they were in 2011.  However, Amazon AWS’s costs is only 25% cheaper.

There’s a lot more analysis in the post, which is a very interesting read and emphasizes the point that big cloud players are not the right fit for all users. Paying per-gigabyte for network traffic is enormously expensive and in many cases, buying a VM package with bundled bandwidth is more cost-effective.

Comment Free For All: Hacking in the Movies

Tags: , , , Date/Time: July 28, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

Comment Free For AllI once watched an episode of Law & Order with a friend who is an attorney. From the moment the action switched from the police to the prosecutors, he was tied up in knots, shouting at the screen all the inaccuracies in the way the courtroom proceedings were portrayed.

I feel the same way about hacking and computer security in the movies.  In 1983’s “WarGames“, the US nuclear command is apparently connected to a modem anyone can dial.  In 1996’s “Independence Day“, an Apple laptop is used to upload a virus to an alien computer system (quite an engineering feat on the fly!).  And there’s a long litany of other movies where it’s not even possible to tell what the “hackers” are doing because the screen is filled with impossible jargon and pretty (but unrealistic) animation.

They’re not all bad.  For example, 1983’s “Superman III,” while an awful movie, did reuse a famous bit of hackery, where a programmer siphoned all rounded fractional cents to a central account he then withdrew.  And while the “Matrix Reloaded” (2003) was also awful, Trinity uses nmap and the screen references the real-world SSH CRC-32 vulnerability.

So up for discussion: what movie do you think portrays hacking most accurately…and which is the worst?

Please let us know in the comments below.  Don’t forget to tell us why – we’ll be posting a summary of the most interesting comments in a future post!

SmallWeb Suffers “Catastrophic Data Loss” in London

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: July 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by raindog308

Smallweb LogoA user on LowEndTalk reported that shared hosting provider SmallWeb has emailed customers to report that their London shared hosting has suffered a “catastrophic data loss”.

“Dear friend,

At 6:03PM UK time on 25th July 2021 I received an email stating that the server and licenses for London were suspended.

Shortly after, I was alerted that the service was infact terminated in error by the infrastructure provider’s WHMCS installation as opposed to being suspended.

Because of this, I am sorry to tell you that catastrophic data loss has occurred in London. With the server terminated, no live data remains.”

They are still undertaking emergency measures to attempt to restore service and backups.

SmallWeb also suffered a serious issue in January 2020 in their Los Angeles location which required the immediate closure of the site.

This news highlights the need for users to always have their own backups and not rely on a provider’s backups.

Boomer.Host: Free Stickers with Every Order! $7.95/Year for a 1GB VPS!

Tags: , , , , , Date/Time: July 27, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

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Hello, Boomer.Host!

Some hosts are deadly serious when it comes to their names and some prefer a bit of humor and I don’t have to tell you which category Boomer.Host falls into.  However the proprietor seems serious about it – at least enough to have enough capital to operate for six months.  Proceed at your own risk.

However, you’re not risking much.  $7.95/year for a 1GB VPS is a pretty extraordinary offer.  It is OpenVZ 7 and for some reason, you’re only getting one ipv6 instead of the standard /64, but for these prices it’s hard to complain.

All US clients will receive a free Boomer.Host sticker with their order!

They are registered in US (as DFDB LLC, 2021-000991618). Their Terms of Service is available on their web site. They accept credit cards.

Here’s a little about Boomer.Host in their own words:

“We have been around for many years and we’re now more than 2 year old. We fully own all our VPS server hardware and have collocated it with Josh at Data Ideas. We specialize in OpenVZ 7 VPS with the goal to make it as affordable as possible for any application.”

Remember that the LEB community would love to hear about your experience in the comments section below!

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IncogNet: 50% Off with Crypto Payment Until July 31!

Tags: , , , , , , Date/Time: July 26, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, by raindog308

 

 

Normally, providers choose whether to post on LowEndBox, and submit offers for our readers.  From time to time, we also choose to highlight offers posted on our sister site, LowEndTalk.

The entire month of July is, Crypto Month at IncogNET!  You can use the coupon code CRYPTOMONTH for all Shared Hosting, Ad-Block VPN and KVM VPS plans. Deal is recurring and for the life of your product/service. Promotion ends July 31st, 2021.

  • Get a 512MV KVM with 20GB of disk and 1TB of DDoS protected-bandwidth for $2.50/mo!
  • Or step up to a 1GB KVM with 25GB of disk and 3TB for bandwidth for only $4.50/mo!
  • Larger plans available as well, and the code can be used for shared and VPN services, too!

They accep BTC, BCH, DASH, DOGE, ETC, ETH, LTC, OXEN, THETA/TFUEL, & XMR.  If you’re not into crypto, you can also pay with PayPal or a Credit Card and use the coupon code LETJULY to save 30% off.

Services are in Helsinki, Finland and you can take a look at their looking glass.

Interested?  Check the LowEndTalk thread for full details:

https://www.lowendtalk.com/discussion/172829/incognet-crypto-month-all-plans-50-off-when-paying-with-crypto-finland-kvm-ad-block-vpn-5-locs

How to Verify WHMCS Licenses

Tags: , , , Date/Time: July 26, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

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When new provider submit offers, one of the many checks we perform is to see if their WHMCS license is valid (assuming they’re using WHMCS of course). Generally about once a month we get an offer from a provider who is using a cracked or nulled WHMCS installation.  While the WHMCS setup looks normal if you’re browsing it on their web site, there is an easy tool that WHMCS provides to validate licenses.

Regardless of the community’s feelings towards WHMCS and their business model, we do not condone using pirated versions of their software.  For as long as I’ve been reading LowEndTalk, the rules have stated:

“Using a nulled WHMCS (or other nulled billing software) grants you and your company a lifetime ban on LET.”

The same rule applies to LowEndBox.

Here’s how to verify if someone’s WHMCS is valid.

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RackSpace Lays Off 10% of its Workforce

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: July 25, 2021 @ 12:29 am, by raindog308

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In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Rackspace announced Friday that they are laying off 10% of their workforce.

“On July 21, 2021, the Company [Rackspace] committed to an internal restructuring plan, which will drive a change in the types of and location of certain positions and is expected to result in the termination of approximately 10% of the Company’s workforce. The Company anticipates that approximately 85% of these roles will be backfilled in the Company’s offshore service centers. As part of the plan, the Company also is expanding its internal training program to further develop expertise in cloud services. The rebalance in workforce is a component of a broader strategic review of the Company’s operations that is intended to more effectively align the Company’s resources with its business priorities in high growth areas.”

Interestingly, RackSpace’s is still profitable and performing well.  It appears that laying off 10% of the workforce and backfilling with offshore resources is the typical playbook of reducing cost by standardizing processes and using cheaper staff to run systems.  RackSpace ships jobs to Tech Mahindra, a well known Indian outsourcing firm.

The trick, of course, is maintaining innovation, agility, and customer service.  Can RackSpace continue to serve its customers at the same level?  This is not the first time RackSpace has done this kind of layoff – indeed, this has been a “near annual event“:

“In 2017, the firm laid off about 6% of its employees — about 275 — six months after being acquired by Apollo Global Management. It sent shockwaves through San Antonio as the community struggled to keep those technology workers in the area. This is a much larger layoff, with potentially larger implications.”

The 2017 layoff was driven by private equity, which generally seeks to trim costs to improve profitability after acquisition.  But that was 4 years ago.  Now a steady exchange of premium engineering talent for cheapest possible labor (Tech Mahindra’s specialty) appears to be the strategic direction.  How well it plays out for RackSpace remains to be seen.

LowEndBox Weekend Update for July 24, 2021

LowEndBox TV Weekend Update for July 24, 2021This week we covered free cookies (that you don’t want), hard drives driven hard, cyber insurers driven crazy, Afrinic crackdowns, and more! We also had an interview, three tutorials, multiple offers, and some news on one of our community advertisers. It’s all here in the LowEndBoxTV Weekend Update for July 24, 2021.

RackNerd – Los Angeles KVM VPS – Get a 2.8 GB RAM VPS with 58 GB SSD for Only $29.99/Year!

Tags: , , , , , , , Date/Time: July 24, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

RackNerd LogoRackNerd is back to share some promotions with us out of their Los Angeles location. These offers are powered by pure SSD’s and Dual Intel Xeon processors. This datacenter has an optimized network mix providing strong network connectivity to Asia, Oceania and beyond. 

What stood out to us the most about these deals was the second offer, offering 58 GB of SSD storage with 2.8 GB of RAM and 5 TB of monthly bandwidth for only $29.99 per year (that’s $2.49/Month!). Now that’s a deal! We’ve been told that these are limited time promotions they are running, so be sure to get your orders in while the deals are still available.

In other related news, it appears RackNerd is on an expansion spree lately, and have recently expanded to new office space as we covered in other LowEndBox news posts. You can find pictures on their Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/racknerd – this is certainly a good sign, and it’s definitely always cool to see pictures of the office that their staff will be servicing you from.

All plans are instantly set up after payment. Their WHOIS is public and you can find their ToS/Legal Docs on their website. RackNerd is a registered business, with real office space (you can view their office photos here). They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Alipay, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum, USDT, UnionPay, iDEAL, India NetBanking, India UPI, and Boleto as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say, in their own words:

RackNerd LLC introduces infrastructure stability and provides Dedicated Servers, Private Cloud solutions, DRaaS (Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service), flexible Colocation, Virtual Private Servers, Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting and advanced DDoS Mitigation services — maintained by a team with decades of experience in managed services, datacenter operations, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. With an intrinsic focus on client success and growth, RackNerd has grown steadily while continuing to provide high-quality hosting services at competitive rates. For more information please visit RackNerd at: https://www.racknerd.com/

Our Los Angeles DC-02 location is renowned for its excellent latency to parts of the world such as Asia, Oceania, and more. These offers are powered by pure SSD setups in RAID-10, with a minimum of 8x SSD drives per hypervisor offering outstanding Disk I/O performance!

In addition, native IPv6 is supported in this location. Up to 100 individual IPv6 addresses can be requested at no additional charge for any VPS’s deployed out of our Los Angeles DC-02 location – just open a support ticket after your order in order to request this if desired.

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Motoring to Market Mastery in Motown: Interview with Joe Green of ManagedWay

Tags: , , , , Date/Time: July 23, 2021 @ 12:00 am, by raindog308

ManagedWay LogoOur interview series has featured a lot of industry leaders and we continue today by talking with Joe Green, Director of Product Management for ManagedWay. In this interview, you’ll learn how the company has grown from a small gaming server hosting company to operating its own facilities in Michigan and what they’ve learned along the way.

Tell me about your background and ManagedWay’s history?

I started my journey in IT by working the support desk for a school district and helped service and guide both student and faculty use of technology. Given my education and professional background in Information Technology, I have since transitioned to be the Director of Product Management at ManagedWay. ManagedWay was founded under the premise of providing the best customer care, paired with reliable and consistent service. As time went on we continued to grow and in 2015 acquired another business and moved into our two now self-owned and operated facilities. Despite our growth, the same goals and values that the company was founded on still guide our service today.

ManagedWay is based in MI, how and why did you get your start there? How is the MI market evolving as the state and city rebounds from its automotive and industrial roots?

ManagedWay was started originally as a gaming server hosting company. Over time the needs and requests of our clients began to exceed the scope of gaming servers and ManagedWay expanded to be the Colocation, Hosting, and Dedicated Internet company that we know today.

While we are seeing growth from the evolving Michigan market, we service customers outside of Michigan as well. We have clients that operate in completely different states and even other countries. In other words, our scope is global and we see growth in a variety of different regions, not just Michigan.

ManagedWay operates two facilities in MI, what advantages does running your own facilities offer?

The main advantage of running our own facility is customization. Our ability to customize the data halls to meet various customers’ needs parallels the scalability we offer to grow with our customers as their footprint increases. We have the capability to house single servers for those who are just starting out in our shared colocation areas all the way up to private cages and suites for companies with large infrastructure needs.

Other advantages include but are not limited to a built inventory cage where spare equipment such as cables, drives, and RAM are all available at a moment’s notice. We have set up different colocation work areas. This allows our clients to perform work on their gear in a quiet, secure, and comfortable setting, or by our 24/7/365 Technical Support Services Team.

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