The New Generation of Virtual Servers
We are excited to announce that our new Virtual Server will be
available shortly. For over a year now we have been developing a
Virtual Server System that will offer greater performance, enhanced
reliability, and better security than our current Virtual Servers.
The new Virtual Servers will use the
FreeBSD operating system rather
than the legacy BSDI operating system that we used in the past. The
change in operating systems and other significant advances offer our
Customers a number of important advantages including:
- FreeBSD offers greater support for third party applications. This
has been one of the primary motivations for the new FreeBSD Virtual
Server System. Currently FreeBSD offers support for over 2,700
- The new Virtual Servers will offer greater reliability than the
current Virtual Servers with increased stability and redundant
hardware. For example, redundant hard drives provide uninterrupted
service even in the case of a hard drive failure.
- As an added bonus, the new Virtual Server System will offer some
software support for applications developed for other operating
systems including Linux, System V, and even the current operating
system of the Virtual Servers -- BSDI 3.1.
- Over 15% of the Internet is currently powered by FreeBSD including
such popular sites as Hotmail, mp3.com, and Yahoo!.
New Virtual Server accounts provisioned after November 23, 1999 will
be provisioned on FreeBSD in the new Vienna, Virginia Data Center. We
anticipate that all Virtual Servers will eventually be migrated to the
new FreeBSD Virtual Server platform. This transition will take place
over the course of several months. Additional instructions will be
forthcoming on this migration of accounts.
Rest assured that we have done significant testing to ensure that the
migration will have little to no negative impact on your existing
BSDI-based Virtual Server accounts as they are migrated to FreeBSD.
Our web site is currently being updated with specialized documentation
related to our FreeBSD-based Virtual Servers. Likewise, we are making
additional changes to the new Virtual Servers to provide support for
many legacy programs and commands that you may be familiar with on
We have mentioned the new Vienna Virginia Data Center in past Reseller
Newsletters, but we want to point out a few of the significant features
of this new facility:
- The new Vienna, Virginia Data Center offers improved connectivity to
all our Customers. This improved connectivity is made possible
through Verio's Tier 1 status and special private peering arrangements
with all other Tier 1 backbones.
- The new Data Center is located in the same building as MAE-East,
providing a very short local loop to one of the world's premier public
- 24/7 staffing with support engineers on site at the new Data Center to
handle issues immediately.
This new Data Center in Vienna, Virginia is the first of many additional
Data Centers we have planned, including some internationally. We are
excited with the future and believe that our new Virtual Server will
provide you with the strong platform necessary for servicing your
clients well into the next millennium.
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