It is now possible to add a SSL certificate to your websites hosted on our Simple Hosting platform.
More and more customers want to know how Gandi Simple Hosting differs from shared hosting offered elsewhere. We know our platform can seem a bit alien compared to other webhosts, and we promise to provide the more detailed technical description we think it deserves very soon.
In the meantime, here are the basics that make us different.
Website migration, now here is a vast subject that often causes webmasters to hesitate when thinking about changing web hosts. If you don't have the experience or time necessary for such a change, migrating a website from one provider to another can quickly turn into a nightmare...
This is why we are looking to put into place such a service at Gandi.net: a manual migration of your website from your current host to Gandi.net that is handled by an experienced team that specializes in just that.
The idea is for us to start by evaluating the demand and the extra workload for this type of service, as well as customer feedback and satisfaction.
The limitations will be: no bank payment module, database other than the one used by the CMS, one domain and subdomain, and up to 25 POP or IMAP email addresses.
If your website does not meet these criteria, don't worry: you can still contact us at this address and give us a description of your service (websites, servers, complex architecture...) so that we can provide you with a personalized price quote.
We are going to begin with a test and evaluation phase, that is exclusively designed for websites that will be moved to Gandi Simple Hosting instances (PaaS) and will only be for websites written in HTML and the following popular CMS and blog platforms
This service will be offered for $65 (€50, or £45) excl. VAT, and will be carried out by one of Gandi's partners, "Web site migration service".
If you are interested by this service then send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- the URL of your website
- the name of the current provider as well as the offer you are currently using
- the type of website (HTML, CMS, or other)
- the version of CMS used
- the number of email mailboxes to migrate
- all the information that you feel is necessary for us to see whether or not it will be possible for us to move your website to our infrastructure.
Then, when all is ready, you will need to provide our partner with the following information:
1) Source data (your former web host):
- provider name, pack, login access
- domain name, login access (if not at Gandi)
- type of website, name, CMS, version, and additional modules
- FTP, SFTP, and/or SSH login codes
- MySQL/phpMyAdmin login codes
- for email mailboxes: list of accounts, aliases, user names and passwords
2) Target data (Gandi Simple Hosting):
- SFTP and MySql login codes for you instance
- Change the technical contact of the domain with the site to migrate, to be SG5573-GANDI (how?)
This of course implies that you have a Gandi Simple Hosting instance available.
Once your request has been validated by our service, we will provide you with an invoice for it at the price quoted above (in the event of a standard migration), and the migration will start as soon as we have received payment. If your request does not fall within the standard package, our partner will provide you with a migration price quote.
Once the migration has been completed at a test URL (your website will continue to remain live at the original address), you will be asked to definitively validate the migration. Once done, the domain name will switch to the website's new installation.
Warning: the offer is only for website migration, and is in no way a service for the management, optimization, or version upgrade etc. of you website.
The power of our cloud infrastructure has dramatically increased in recent months, with machines that are ever more powerful. This therefore lets us provide you with more power for the same price. Want to know more? Read on for details
After the release of our Simple Hosting management API last month, in May we're adding an API to manage resources on our IaaS Cloud Hosting service.
In the last update of our cloud hosting platform , we added a small feature to that will appeal to some of you: SSH key authentication for Expert mode VPS servers.
Our Simple Hosting has been available for a month now. This is our initial assessment, some feedback, and some links you may find useful.
Don't see the relationship between Gandi's VPS cloud hosting and photography? How about if I give you a hint by referring to snapshots? ...now do you get it?
This offer is only valid once per customer, but is addressed to a larger number of customers. It is available to all existing customers that would like to switch from monthly billing to annual billing, and for new customers that choose the annual subscription from the beginning. Just to be clear on one point, though, if you subscribe to 2 shares, the extra 256 MB of ram will only be added for the first share.
UPDATE: The Beta testing period has ended, and Gandi AI 1.2 is live both at Paris and Baltimore.
We have just released the new version of Gandi AI (our automatically-installed VPS cloud servers) in beta testing at our Baltimore datacenter. After a brief testing period we will activate the image at the datacenter in Paris.
I'll start by reminding everyone that our hosting platform has not experienced any major technical problem for a long time now; in fact, since the beta testing phase. And you know what? This is still true.
Let me explain: what do you do when everything is going well and you are progressing slowly but surely towards a wonderful success?
Well, here at Gandi, we evidently felt the urge to shoot ourselves in the foot. This is all the more ironic since we are our own cause of problems! What better way is there to keep things interesting here?
Gandi is a human company, and we take the definition of the word "human" to its extreme; We are imperfect by definition, and one of us has clearly demonstrated a perfect example of this today.
Yes, the rebooting of servers was a regrettably caused by human error, but there is nothing, not even through the various control and validation procedures in place, that I can to to fix this. We surely don't have a Kerviel in our team, and the consequences are not the same, however for me, for us, and for you, it's unacceptable.
As I write these lines, I do not yet know exactly who is directly responsible for causing the incident. There are more important things to be done, such as getting everything back in order, and to keep everyone informed of the status of the situation in the most transparent way possible.
I am not sure it is important to know who who did it, nor what our reaction will be with regards to it. We will see once all the details emerge;
It goes without saying that we will be offering you today's hosting for free, and we will see on a case-by-case basis if a particular situation requires going beyond that. And to think that we were about to make a big announcement for our hosting service...we will wait a bit for that now I think;(
We have now released version 3.0.3 of Gandi.net (version 3.0.2 wasn't very exciting and mainly to do with our 10-year anniversary). The exciting part of this new release is a change in the way that we handle VPS shares, and the ability to add RAM on demand to your server.
Today we have launched the functions allowing you to manage your own interfaces. You may configure up to 4 interfaces per server.
To add an additional interface, you will need to add additional IP address quota via the resource management interface.
Each additional IP address costs €1 excl. VAT per month (if paid monthly), or €10 (ex VAT) per year if paid annually, e.g. 2 months free!
This new function lays the foundations for us to provide you with some really cool features in the future such as an IP failover system, the utilization of IPv6 addresses or even creating a private networks between your servers.
As this has been at the top of your Wishlist for several months, we sincerely hope that this new feature will make you smile!
You can find documentation on this in our wiki here.
Today we are opening the beta-test phase for the implementation of IPv6 on our hosting platform.
As a reminder, IPv6 is the successor to the current IPv4 upon which the internet is based, and given the generous attribution of the early IP addresses, the IPv4 address space is rapidly running out of available adresses.
Its replacement is gently making its appearance across the internet. An IPv6 address is made up of 128bits as opposed to 32bits for an IPv4 address. We are moving from 2^32 available addresses to 2^128 (excluding reserved allocations, of course) which gives us a few decades.. erm.. centuries to breathe!
If you wish to participate in the beta test phase, you must:
- Have some basic knowledge of IPv6
- Have a Gandi server in expert mode (i.e. with root access)
- Send us a request to participate to email@example.com and include your gandi handle/user-id. (You will receive an email by return with the procedure to follow).
Initially, we will limit the beta test to approximately 50 servers, so don't wait to send in your request!
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