Pranksters, hoaxers, and tricksters, it's time to get ready for the one day of the year devoted to your craft: April Fools' Day.

And to help in the process, we have two essential pieces of any good April Fools' joke on sale: .lol (already on promo) for $3.99* for the first year and $38.38* after that, for the humor-minded and .pics for $2.99* for the first year and $21.75* after, to honor the old adage "Pics or it didn't happen." What fun is a good practical joke if you can't post documentation of it online?

While the holiday is just for laughs, this promo is for real, starting March 26 and going until well past April Fools' Day on April 9, 2017.

Get your .pics and .lol's now and your lulz when the time comes ...

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See .lol and .pics pages for local pricing.


A few months ago we announced our plan to upgrade to a more recent version of Xen, a virtualization software used on our hosting platform, in order to be able to better mitigate security vulnerabilities without customer intervention.

In the meantime, we've been able to take advantage of recent stop/starts of servers to upgrade most of our platform to Xen 4.8. Thanks to the new features available in this version, the majority of you will not be impacted by a new security vulnerability found in Xen, to be announced in the coming days, which we are able to address by live-patching or -migrating servers without impact to our customers.

In the next few days, only a small number of our customers whose servers aren't yet running on upgraded nodes will need to stop and start their servers (restarting alone will not be enough) to deal with the new security vulnerability. We have emailed impacted customers directly to ask them to perform this operation themselves at their convenience, to avoid downtime, before the announcement of the vulnerability. We will stop and start any affected servers that have not yet been stopped and started ourselves between 9:00 AM and 02:00 PM CEST (12:00 AM and 3:00 AM PDT) that day.

Otherwise, we have been pleased to see the initial results of our recent efforts to upgrade our platform have been positive. This should hopefully be the last time we need to ask our customers to perform such tasks and we intend to continue working towards improving the customer experience on our hosting platform and we would encourage you to check out our plans for 2017.

Please feel free to contact our Customer Care team if you have any questions or to send us your feedback by emailing feedback@gandi.net.


On March 22, 2017, the four Chinese TLDs .商店, meaning shop/store, .游戏, meaning games, .娱乐, meaning entertainment and .企业, meaning enterprise are entering the GoLive phase.

This means domains in these four TLDs are now open to all and are available at the following prices (per year at A rates)*:

  • .商店: $116.59
  • .游戏: $116.59
  • .娱乐: $63.05
  • .企业: $63.05

Register a domain under one of these TLDs?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See .商店, .游戏, .娱乐 and .企业 price pages for local prices. 


We don't have to tell you that healthcare is a hot button issue these days. We will happily sidestep that issue to tell you about something that isn't all over the headlines — on Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM PDT, .hospital will be available for all (no insurance required. Or accepted, really) in the GoLive phase.

Domains in the .hospital extension will be available for $63.11 per year at A rates* starting 9:00 AM Wednesday, so now's your last chance to get your .hospital GoLive registration in beforehand. Then .hospital domains are available for this price thereafter.

Buy a .hospital?

.hospital

 

*Prices in USD. See .hospital page for local prices.


We have decided to extend the Beta testing phase for our new datacenter in Paris, FR-SD3, to further test the networking infrastructure ahead of the official opening, first planned for March 20th, 2017.

Resource usage will remain free during the extended Beta phase. Be aware that only our Gandi Cloud hosting platform is currently available, which includes: Servers, Volumes, IPs, and Private VLANs. No date is currently set for the launch of Simple Hosting and Web Accelerators on FR-SD3. These are currently only available on our other datacenters in Paris and Luxembourg (FR-SD2 and LU-BI1, respectively).

We will announce the official opening date, at which point resource usage will be charged as per our standard rates, at least 15 days in advance. Until then, you'll continue to see the cost of your resource usage on FR-SD3 on all our pages.

Feel free to contact our Hosting Support team for any and all questions, comments, impressions, or thoughts. Or, alternatively, share them with us by emailing feedback@gandi.net.


If you find yourself with a hankering for some Shephard's Pie and a tall frosty glass of nitrogenated stout, today, March 17, you're lucky as a four-leaf clover because it's St. Patrick's Day, and every .bar and .restaurant with even the most tangential relationship to Irish identity will no doubt be happy to serve you a healthy portion of each while you enjoy a good jig.

Of course, the folks in the hospitality industry who bring us our green beer and Irish delicacies as well as willingly submit to cleaning up the green-tinted after-effects of St. Patrick's Day deserve some love today too for all they do. So from now until May 15, 2017, both of these TLDs, .bar and .rest, are 70% off the first year. That means the first year of a .bar domain will be $25.63* and $85.43 thereafter while a .rest domain will be $12.86* and $42.88 after that.

Get a .bar or .rest?:

.tld

*Prices in USD. See .bar and .rest price pages for local pricing.


SUMMARY: AT A GLANCE

1. FR-SD3 is now in Beta

2. Snapshots and 20 Gb now free

3. Filters, sorting, and auto-reply on Gandi Mail

4. The Root Zone.: DDoS Attacks!

5. Changes to .tel domains

6. TLD release calendar

7. Promo roundup

A good, deep spring cleaning can really shake off the old, stale wintry feeling in a place and bring in new freshness and life. Deep, dark corners that haven't seen the light all year get swept out, furniture and even clothes get replaced and rearranged. It starts to seem like not even the same house anymore (or studio apartment as the case may be).

But that kind of change is good, we think, and it's just the kind of spring cleaning we've been doing in every corner this spring. If you've been following us the last few months, you already know about a few.

This month, our new data center infrastructure, FR-SD3 — which we introduced in alpha testing earlier this year — is now in beta. We introduced free snapshots on Simple Hosting and then added an extra 10 GB of storage. So now 20 GB of storage come free with every instance. We also rolled out Sieve server rules on Gandi Mail allowing free email filtering, sorting, auto-reply and more through our new SOGo webmail platform. We also reviewed our The Root Zone. meetup at the end of January about DDoS Attacks. We have a brief update about .tel domains to make sure you're all aware of and then on to the TLD release calendar and promo roundup for March.

FR-SD3 is now in Beta

One area we've been freshening up lately is our hosting infrastructure. It was to that end that we introduced a new data center earlier this year, FR-SD3.

FR-SD3 now in Beta

Since that introduction, FR-SD3 has been in alpha testing, but, everything having gone well so far, we're ready to take it into the beta phase.

Find out when and what that will mean for you | Back to top

Snapshots, 20 Gb storage now free on Simple Hosting

Also in the area of hosting, this time on our Simple Hosting platform, we introduced free snapshots on Simple Hosting instances.

Simple Hosting on gandiv5

Snapshots are a great tool for creating and scheduling backups.

And not only that, we are now increasing the default disk size for Simple Hosting instances up to 20 Gb.

Get the relevant details on free snapshots | Check our announcement about increasing storage space | Back to top

Filters, sorting, and auto-reply on Gandi Mail

Last month we introduced SOGo, our new webmail platform, in beta and this month we introduced the next development in our rethinking of our mail service: Sieve server rules.

Spam filtering with Sieve
A look at Sieve filters in the SOGo interface

For those who are not familiar with Sieve, this means that you can add rules to your mailboxes, like spam filters, out-of-office replies, and sorting into folders.

Read how to activate and use Sieve filters | Back to top

The Root Zone.: DDoS Attacks!

On January 31, Gandi and CloudFlare presented a panel discussion as part of our joint Meetup series The Root Zone. which focuses on DNS-related topics. This panel's topic was DDoS attacks, with a special emphasis on the large attack in October. We invited DNS inventor Paul Mockapetris, Chris Baker, principal data analyst at Dyn, Brian Hartvigsen, who works as SRE Manager for OpenDNS, another DNS provider, Andrew Lewman from threat intelligence firm Farsight Security (and former CEO of the Tor Project), as well as Gandi's own Chief Innovation Officer Pascal Bouchareine.

The Root Zone
CloudFlare hosted this panel in their space at the end of January

You can watch the whole panel on YouTube, or read through our summary with links to relevant sections for the videos in our write-up about this event, now available online.

Read through our summary with video links | Back to top

Changes to .tel domains

Finally, a bit of housekeeping before we get on to the TLD release calendar and Promo roundup. The registry for .tel domains recently announced changes that will impact everyone with a .tel domain and anyone interested in getting one.

In short, these domains will no longer have to be directly linked to telephony.

Have a look at the changes | Back to top

TLD release Calendar

Releases

Wednesday March 15:

.hospital (Landrush)
.企业 (.xn--vhquv "company") (Landrush)
.商店 (.xn--czrs0t "shop") (Landrush)
.娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a "entertainment") (Landrush)
.游戏 (.xn--unup4y "games") (Landrush)

Wednesday March 22:

.hospital (GoLive)
.企业 (.xn--vhquv "company") (GoLive)

.商店 (.xn--czrs0t "shop") (GoLive)
.娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a "entertainment") (GoLive)
.游戏 (.xn--unup4y "games") (GoLive)

Monday March 27:

.fun (Landrush)


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Stay tuned for updates!

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Promo Roundup

And finally, let's organize these promos:

Promos this month

Only in March (March 1-31:

.design $7.99
.mx $12.00
.sucks $2.99

Starting March 1:

.lat 67% off until May 31
.pro 50% off until June 30
.organic, .bio, .green $9.00 until June 30
.loan, .cricket, .accountant, .faith, .science $5.00
.men, .bid, .win $2.50
.racing, .webcam, .download, .stream, .date, .trade, .review, .party $2.99
.radio.am, .radio.fm $5.70

Starting March 17:

.bar, .rest 70% off first year until May 15

Ending March 30:

.boutique, .city, .coffee, .digital, .email, .fyi, .guru, .immo, .land, .life, .ltd, .maison, .mba, .media, .run, .sarl, .solutions, .systems, .today, .tools, .vin, .voyage, .wine, .works, .world, .zone

Ending March 31:

.news, .reviews, .social half price until March 31

Ongoing promotions:

 .tech, .online multi-year renewals until June 30
.click, .link, .lol $3.99
until June 30
.me half price
until December 31
.top $1.50 until December 31
.archi, .black, .blue, .info, .kim, .lgbt, .mobi, .pet, .pink, .poker, .promo, .red, .ski, half price until June 30
.host, .online, .press, .pw, .site, .space, .store, .tech, .website until June 30
.promo half price until June 30

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That's it for spring cleaning this month. If it seems like a lot of change, remember: we're only just cleaning house.

Feel free to contact us at feedback@gandi.net, on Twitter @gandibar or in the #gandi channel on Freenode. \o/

 

Sincerely,

Gandi.net


On January 31, Gandi and CloudFlare presented a panel discussion as part of our joint Meetup series The Root Zone. which focuses on DNS-related topics. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend before, or had the chance to catch up on the series so far, they are all available online.

This time marked a departure from the previous format of interviewing various DNS luminaries by bringing together a panel of experts to speak on a specific problem in DNS that notably reared its head last October. We're talking, of course, about DDoS, or a Distributed Denial of Service attack.

The Root Zone
CloudFlare hosted this panel in their space at the end of January

Cloudflare and Gandi invited DNS inventor Paul Mockapetris, Chris Baker, principal data analyst at Dyn, Brian Hartvigsen, who works as SRE Manager for OpenDNS, another DNS provider, Andrew Lewman from threat intelligence firm Farsight Security (and former CEO of the Tor Project), as well as Gandi's own Chief Innovation Officer Pascal Bouchareine. The panel was moderated by Cloudflare Engineering Manager Gideon Redelinghuys.

You can watch the whole panel discussion on YouTube below:

Or jump to specific questions from the list below:

1. Describing October's attack

After introductions and a brief history of DDoS, we wanted to start off describing the attack in October on Dyn's services.

The Root Zone
Gideon Redelinghuys from CloudFlare moderates (photo credit: Dani Grant, Cloudflare)

Chris described how the October attack and others like it tend to start as spikes of anomalous activity. One reason we wanted to include OpenDNS was because of the solution they've devised to address the authoritative exhaustion problem. Brian from OpenDNS explained it in greater detail. That opened up the question of what, if any, is the ideal TTL, which was posed to Chris.

2. Why is this happening now?

Of course, authoritative exhaustion and amplification attacks are nothing new. DDoS has been around for decades, which almost begs the question: why did this happen now? Andrew emphasized the fact that the October DDoS was the culmination of a lot of trial-and-error testing.

Paul made a good point about the asymmetry between increased bandwidth and centralized DNS hierarchy: don't we have to think about the fundamental asymmetry in this type of attack?

3. Is there an easy solution?

As we started talking about root causes and solutions, we didn't think this would last long without mention of BCP38.

For those who aren't familiar with it, BCP38 recommends what's generally called ingress filtering. It's a proposed means to combat IP address spoofing that involves blocking IP packets entering the internet with forged source IP addresses, that is, not assigned to the device that's sending them.

Brian brought up a good point, though, which is that when we talk about "solutions" the target is artificial.

The Root Zone
Brian Hartvigsen from OpenDNS discusses DDoS attacks (photo credit: Dani Grant, Cloudflare)

Paul highlighted the critical theoretical question underlying the discussion of solutions: Will we find a solution that preserves the network as we know it and want it?

And Chris elaborated on one direction Paul's comments brought up, talking about the conflict between a free and open internet and the proverbial "golden list of IPs" came up, and the need for real, direct relationships between providers on different levels.

In the end though, as Brian put it, solving these problems comes down to something unglamorously non-technological.

4. In the middle of the attack

We thought it would be interesting for a little bit of an inside perspective on the experience of being in the middle of the storm as it were.

Chris described the fact that the experience as a data analyst in the middle of a big attack like October's DDoS can be at odds with the NOC perspective, especially at Dyn last October.

At OpenDNS, however, the experience was very different, according to Brian.

5. Minor miracles and things to be thankful for

We asked what some of the blessings the panelists were thankful for during these attacks in the past. Brian's answer was pretty unequivocal: Anycast and having a good playbook, and for his part, Chris followed up with a discussion about 20-bit case randomization to introduce entropy that helps with identifying spoofing.

6. The underlying problem hasn't gone away

Paul turned the praise of Anycast into a pointed question about why the Mirai attack went away. Andrew pointed out that while this attack is mitigated, the underlying problem still hasn't gone away. So what's to stop it, then, from coming back with a vengeance? Chris reminded us of something crucial to remember about DDoS: DDoS is the bluntest instrument you can use.

The Root Zone
Pascal Bouchareine from Gandi talks about the need for good communication (photo credit: Dani Grant, Cloudflare)

Pascal and Brian also talked about the role that communication plays in the problem and the conflict between transparency and appearing to pass the buck or not providing sufficient details, or inviting further attacks.

7. DDoS in a wider context

While we were primarily focused on considering DDoS as a technical problem, we did take a moment to think about how DDoS is employed for specific purposes in the real world. Brian continued that thought, which led to a question we had for Paul. And while we had Andrew with us, we decided to poke him about Tor's role.

8. Q&A

We finished off the meet up with a Q&A session from the audience:

Q. Why isn't the fact that DNS doesn't serve the last-known answer when no other answer is available considered a bug?
Brian and then Chris fielded this one.

Q. Is there some way for a customer to know what's good vs. what's bad?
"What's good is what works for your network."

Q. How do we protect ourselves, really?
Is centralization or decentralization the answer?

And with that, we wrapped things up. And while if you're watching these, we assume you couldn't make it, we hope you caught the gist of it here. We hope to be able to host a few more panel discussions on relevant DNS topics in the coming months. Follow the meetup page for The Root Zone. for information about future events, but we will also be sure to keep you updated here as well.


Greetings Earthlings!

A special someone is turning the big 4543-0 (00,000)! That's right, April 22, Earth Day, the Earth's birthday is just around the corner. This year she'll be turning 4.543 billion, though she doesn't look a day over 4.542 billion.

And not only is Earth Day coming up, but .earth domains are on sale from March 15 through May 30, 2017 for half-price for the first year. That means $14.44* for the first year and $28.87* after that.

So show some love to your mother Earth for her Earth Day.

Get a .earth?

.earth

 

*Prices in USD. See .earth price page for local prices.


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