We have updated Linux kernel 3.12 (now 3.12.45) and published a new version (3.18) on our HVM platform. These new versions no longer support AUFS and might force some clients to take corrective measures for their services.

Starting today, every server that is created or rebooted on our HVM platform will automatically use version 3.12.45 of the Linux kernel, unless configured to use version 3.18 or a custom kernel.

Please note that these kernel versions do not include AUFS support. Docker users should take special notice, because AUFS has been the default storage driver for quite some time.

To continue to use Docker with this new kernel version, users must upgrade their docker client and images to use a different storage driver, such as btrfs or overlayfs (available for kernel version 3.18 only).

To use version 3.18, you can execute following Gandi CLI [4] command:

$ gandi disk update  --kernel "3.18-x86_64 (hvm)"

You can also change the kernel from the web interface by following these instructions [3].

After the operation is completed, make sure you reboot your server and update your software packages and kernel modules [1].

Clients wishing to use a custom kernel can access more information on our Wiki page [2]. You can also access more information
about kernel update history on our Changelog [5]

[1] http://wiki.gandi.net/iaas/references/server/kernel_modules

[2] https://wiki.gandi.net/fr/iaas/references/server/hvm

[3] http://wiki.gandi.net/en/iaas/references/disk/advanced-boot

[4] http://cli.gandi.net

[5] https://wiki.gandi.net/fr/iaas/references/server/kernel_changelog?&#section312


For the entire month of August, if you create an instance with a 12-month commitment, you can benefit from 10GB of additional free disk space.

How? Easy! When you launch your creation order with an annual commitment, add an additional 10 GB of disk space (for 20GB in total, or an additional €21.60 excl. VAT per year under A rates), and when you go to checkout, enter the code "10GFREE" when asked for the "promo code", validate it, and then smile!

Also, and for customers that already have an instance but who would like to have more storage space, use the promo code "10G50P" and you can have the possibility of adding 10GB of additional disk quota for half off the normal price, or €0.90 excl. VAT per month instead of €1.80 excl. VAT under A rates.


Mostly, our hosting products focus on giving our customers a platform (or at least an infrastructure) on which to run virtual machines or deploy their own code. However, we also recognize that not everyone is a Linux administrator or knows NodeJS, Python, or PHP. Since we want to focus on developing the most powerful domain name tools we can, as well as the best possible cloud infrastructure and platform services, we realize that programming a drag-and-drop site building tool is not really in our wheelhouse.

Those of you familiar with GandiSite, the WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor we offer, probably already know that this tool is powered by BaseKit.

Previously, we were running version 6 of BaseKit's software and for a while now version 7 has been available from BaseKit. We've been waiting for the right time to upgrade Gandi Site's software to version 7. That right time came in late July this year (2015).

We knew there would be drawbacks to this upgrade, and part of the delay between the release of BaseKit's version 7 software and our implementation of it has been due to smoothing out the kinks it presented for us and our customers.

This upgrade is really a long-overdue modernization, and, as happens in crucial upgrades, some things necessarily had to fall by the wayside. So, while not all of the drawbacks could be eliminated, we proceeded with the upgrade because we felt the benefits outweighed those costs.

Now that we've had a chance to see how the new version behaves in the wild, we're ready to share with you what exactly has been upgraded and how that effects those of you who have been using version 6 of BaseKit.

Version 6 is a reliable old truck that, sure, gets the job done, but just doesn't have the kind of heavy-lifting capabilities that are needed. It's been a sturdy workhorse, but there's no stereo, just an AM radio, and there's some rust in the undercarriage. Version 7, then, is like a brand new, top-of-the-line pick-up, with GPS and satellite radio.

Responsive Pages

One of the main benefits of version 7 over version 6 is that version 7 allows you to create a responsive site. While we were using version 6 for Gandi Site, we would often get customers asking about creating a mobile version of their Gandi Site, and until now we haven't really had a great answer.

Having the possibility of making a responsive Gandi Site is a huge update to the previous platform, and one we think will be increasingly critical, especially for our e-commerce customers.

In parallel to the upgrade to a responsive site, all of the Gandi Site templates have been redone. The ones that could be were retrofitted, but some were not salvageable and unfortunately had to be put permanently out to pasture.

But now with version 7 of Gandi Site, every page you make is really three pages in one: a desktop page, a mobile page, and a tablet page.

3 pages

Because a template now is really so much more than it used to be under version 6, the number of templates available now varies according to the subscription level, accordingly:

Free pack: 5 templates available
Personal pack: 15 templates available
Professional pack: 30 templates available
Business pack: 117 templates available

Cool tools

Another great aspect of this upgrade is that there are a number of new tools that simply didn't exist with version 6.

Most notably, version 7 has a truly superb image editor. It's not Photoshop CS6, so it doesn't have content-aware autofill or photomerge, but you can make brightness and contrast corrections, crop, and even get that faux-vintage Instagram look with some filters, which in the end is actually kind of amazing for a site-building tool. Also, depending on your pack, a number of images can now be added from the Getty Image stock image library.

Beyond that, version 7 also contains a Blog feature. It may not be as fancy as Wordpress, for example, but it at least lets you easily add posts to your site.

The downside

If you know us, the you know that part of our whole "No Bullshit" thing is putting our shortcomings upfront, so in that spirit, we would be remiss not to mention the drawbacks of the upgrade to version 7 of the BaseKit software. But please, stick with us for the up-side. We promise, it's worth it.

Probably the most commented drawback so far has been the reduction in number of free Gandi Site pages we can host. With version 6 of BaseKit, we were able to offer three free pages with the purchase of a domain name, enough to host a micro-site for free. With the upgrade to version 7, we are only able to offer one page for free.  Keep in mind, though, that this one free page is now rendered so as to accommodate traffic from all types of devices, not just desktop machines. Before, if you had a free Gandi Site (or any other subscription level) and wanted to make a mobile or tablet version you had to use one of your allotted pages to make either a mobile or tablet version of your site. This upgrade eliminates that need.

Another downside we want to mention is that your version 6 site will not be totally compatible with a version 7 site. Primarily, since templates in version 6 are not responsive, they are not available in version 7. So be aware that if you are considering upgrading your site to version 7, your template may not be available, and you may need to redo all or part of your Gandi Site after upgrading to version 7. This is due to the fact that some of the version 6 templates just couldn't be ported over to the responsive design of version 7.

These certainly aren't the only changes, but these are the ones we've seen have had the greatest impact. Of course, if you find a change between version 6 and version 7 that has an impact on you that we didn't mention, please feel free to share it with us.

New pricing structure

Another consequence of this upgrade is that we are readjusting the price schedule for Gandi Site. We already mentioned that the Free Pack now includes only one free page, but additionally, we are updating the pricing on the other packs (at A rates):

Personal: formerly $6.50/month, now $5.00/month
Professional: formerly $13.00/month, now $10.00/month
Business: formerly $19.50/month, now $20.00/month

Migrating your existing site

We mentioned above that the differences in the software are such that a simple migration from version 6 to version 7 isn't possible. Here is what you need to look out for:

Free Pack

 For the free pack, due to the decrease in pages offered, we have not included a "Migrate" link. If you want to upgrade to version 7, you have the option of either upgrading to the Professional pack for v7 or making a completely new page in v7 on the Free pack. Or, you can always keep your v6 site.

Personal, Professional, and Business Packs

Click the "Migrate to BaseKit 7" link from your Gandi Site management page. Next, pick your new BaseKit 7 template. When you go into the new Gandi Site editor, you'll see your old site's text and images available in the column on the left. You can then drag and drop these elements so that their arrangement conforms with the new template.

 

Be careful, as soon as you click on the migration link, your old site won't be online anymore.

* If you have at least one domain name in your account, you can try the one-page version for free.

So, we confess, there are some drawbacks to this upgrade. But we want you to know that these drawbacks are the necessary consequences of updating and modernizing this rather robust site-building tool. We aren't trying to force change on you or inconvenience you with this upgrade, we are really just trying to bring ourselves in line with what a site building tool needs to be.

If you like your version 6 site, you don't have to upgrade it, but consider rebuilding your site, at your convenience, in version 7. We think once you give it a shot, it'll feel like a whole new Gandi Site.


Our Gandi Site platform will be temporarily unavailable this week starting Tuesday July 21 at 1:00 AM PDT until 5:00 AM PDT (approximately), due to scheduled maintenance and improvements on the platform being made by our partner, BaseKit.

 

UPDATE: The maintenance has been extended by our partner, who has been unable to tell us when the maintenance should be over. We will keep you informed of all this in this news alert as soon as we have more information.

 

Additionally, it will not be possible to create a new Gandi Site until early morning Thursday July 23 (we will update this post with the exact time once we have it).

The reason for this downtime is to give us a window to upgrade our Gandi Site tool. Please excuse any inconvenience this may cause. This downtime will allow us to make the necessary changes to provide a more up-to-date and higher-quality site-building platform, that should be as exciting for you as it is for us. Stay tuned ...


We have started to renew and upgrade the SSL certificates used for the Simple Hosting admin interfaces.

Instances in Paris (FR) and Baltimore (US) are already serving the new SHA2 certificates on addresses such as https://.admin.dc{0,1}.gpaas.net.

Instances hosted in our Bissen (LU) datacenter will also be upgraded soon.

This update should be transparent to our customers (similar to the change affecting SFTP signatures last September), but our support team is ready to help. Please contact us should you experience any trouble connecting to your instances' admin interfaces.

On a related note, if you're interested in adding SSL to your Simple Hosting instance, see how on our support wiki: How to install an SSL certificate on your Simple Hosting instance


A new security vulnerability, CVE-2015-3456, was announced last week. The flaw is found in the QEMU virtualization software, and permits an attacker to gain access to a vulnerable host from a virtual machine located on that host.

Immediately following this announcement, we applied the necessary patches, thus reinforcing the existing security measures we had previously implemented. Over the past week, we have continued to study the vulnerability. As a preventative measure, we have decided that a reboot of certain VMs is required in order to ensure that all possible attack vectors have been mitigated.

This preventive reboot will only affect a small proportion of our customers. We will contact affected customers directly via email to provide instructions on performing the reboot on their own.

We will reboot the VMs of affected customers (who have not rebooted on their own) on Monday, May 25 at 11:59 p.m. PDT (that is: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 07:59 UTC).

For more information, see the following resources:

If you have questions or encounter any problems regarding this issue, our support team is available to assist you.


Following Debian's announcement and several weeks in beta on our HVM platform, we're pleased to announce the availability of the Debian 8 image on our public IaaS platform.

The Jessie package tree is available at https://mirrors.gandi.net/debian.

Note: We will not be providing a 32-bit version of Debian 8 for HVM.

Users of the Gandi CLI can create a VM using this image with a command like the following:

gandi vm create --image "Debian 8 64 bits (HVM)"

And to see all Debian 8 images:

$ gandi vm images 'Debian 8'
label         : Debian 8 64 bits (HVM)
os_arch       : x86-64
kernel_version: 3.12-x86_64 (hvm)
disk_id       : 3315704
datacenter    : FR
----------
label         : Debian 8 64 bits (HVM)
os_arch       : x86-64
kernel_version: 3.12-x86_64 (hvm)
disk_id       : 3315992
datacenter    : US
----------
label         : Debian 8 64 bits (HVM)
os_arch       : x86-64
kernel_version: 3.12-x86_64 (hvm)
disk_id       : 3316076
datacenter    : LU

We look forward to your feedback! As always, feel free to contact our support team or send us an email at feedback@gandi.net.


After studying how our IaaS services are used, and evaluating how they are priced, we have decided to cut prices and simplify the pricing model. As of 02/19/2015, you will be able to save up to 40%, depending on your usage pattern.

We aren't just cutting prices across the board. There is a boost in capacity for bigger users, too. The prior limit of 500GB of free outbound traffic per month is now lifted to 2 TB (4 times as much!) per month. Of course you can still use more, we just ask you to pay a bit for really extreme loads over 2 TB/month. This higher limit is possible due to investments we have made in optimizing our infrastructure, and we are passing the benefits on to you. Also, as IPv4 has become more expensive, the price of an IPv4 interface has actually gone up, while IPv6 is (and always was) free. Also, a vCPU is now $0.004 / €0.0033 per hour, and we no longer charge more if you don't use as many - it's just a flat, predictable cost per unit.

If you are a heavy user of Gandi Cloud hosting, you will see a big drop in your overall cost of ownership. Smaller footprint users will see smaller benefits, proportionally.

Also, on top of the recent fluctuations in currency values between the US dollar and the Euro, we have decreased credit prices in USD by 7.5%.

Here's some examples of pricing in dollars / euros for typical configurations (based on buying a 2 Millions credit pack):

  • 1 CPU + 1GB RAM + 20GB disk + 1 IPV4: from $17.30 / €13.31 (264 credits / hour) to $13.79 / €12.67 (220 cr / h) per month
  • 2 CPU + 2GB RAM + 50GB disk + 1 IPV4: from $33.28 / €25.60 to $23.95 / €19.96 per month
  • 4 CPU + 4GB RAM + 200GB disk + 1 IPV4: from $72.73 / €55.94 to $49.71 / €41.43 per month

If you choose only IPv6, you can save even more, and end up paying less than 10 dollars a month for a server:

  • 1 CPU + 1GB RAM + 20GB + 1 IPV6 would cost $9.56 / €7.96 per month.

If you recently purchased a bunch of credits, dont' worry! You will still benefit from these changes, since your credits will last that much longer.

Check out the full cost breakdown here. If you have questions, please contact our support team.

We want to help, and we want your feedback, so be sure to let us know what you think at feedback@gandi.net, any time.

Happy provisioning!


We have released a new version of our server management scripts and invite all Gandi Server users to update the `gandi-hosting-vm2` package. Version 2.5-1 contains several improvements for both Xen and HVM platforms.

You'll find more details in the Changelog (below). In a nutshell, these are some the improvements you might notice:

  • Fixed a bug that created oddly named files at the system's root (see swap and untar in the changelog)
  • Improved boot speed (related to the bug fix)
  • Better network interface configuration
  • Better handling of configuration variables

You can follow these steps to update the package on your distribution:

On Debian / Ubuntu 

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gandi-hosting-vm2

On Fedora / RedHat / CentOS

sudo yum update gandi-hosting-vm2

On Mandriva / Mageia

sudo urpmi gandi-hosting-vm2

You should then copy the new configuration files or merge the new contents with your existing files, by comparing the old and the new versions.

You can use the following command to get the new file list:

On Debian / Ubuntu

find /etc -type f -iname "*.dpkg-dist"

On distributions that use ''rpm''

find /etc -type f -iname "*.rpmnew"

With this new version of the package, the main network interface (eth0) is no longer configured via DHCP by default. If you still want to use DHCP, you just have to remove the name of the main network interface (eth0) from the CONFIG_NODHCP' variable setting in the config file located at "/etc/default/gandi" (or /etc/sysconfig/gandi depending on your distribution).

You should get:

# /etc/default/gandi or /etc/sysconfig/gandi

CONFIG_NODHCP="eth0" # to disable DHCP on the listed interfaces

Or:

# /etc/default/gandi or /etc/sysconfig/gandi

CONFIG_NODHCP="" # to enable DHCP on all interfaces, including eth0

If you have any trouble, please contact our support team (http://www.gandi.net/support/contact/mail) or join our staff and other customers on #gandi, on the Freenode IRC network.

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CHANGELOG

  • Resize: fixing device name when resizing main disk on hvm
  • Use CONFIG_* we need to source the default file in gandi-mount initscript.
  • If device is swap, do not try to untar configuration from it. This speeds up boot in some cases.
  • Do not show error on link up if iface is not ready.
  • Link up the net iface in all cases.
  • Route IPv4 using the first net iface available.
  • Fix default route configuration.
  • Use detected version of ip command everywhere.
  • dhclient does not rewrite the resolv.conf file when attaching a dhcp-enabled interface, CONFIG_NAMESERVER is checked.
  • SSH management key has been removed from images and from the package.
  • Re-add action for variable CONFIG_SYSCTL

Just over a year after their release, we've upgraded our private VLAN feature to make it even easier to use.

It was already possible to create your networks and isolate your servers by configuring your systems and network interfaces manually.

Now, thanks to the new version, you can create your private networks directly from the hosting management interface in your Gandi account or with the ever-more-delightful Gandi CLI, no extra configuration needed.

To get started, just choose a data center and a name for your new private VLAN, then link private network interfaces to the servers of your choice. Interfaces and servers will be automatically configured to communicate with each other without any further setup needed on your part. By default, our platform will assign the IP addresses automatically, but you can also configure the subnet mask and gateway if you're so inclined.

One common use case for private networks is to isolate one or more public servers (for a web application, for example) from a database server or cluster, only exposing the application servers to the internet. These private interfaces can have up to 200 MB/s of bandwidth, making private connections much faster than public ones.

The PVLAN feature is available at no additional charge.

Get started with your first PVLAN today with these tutorials on our wiki:

If you have questions, let us know.

Enjoy, and don't hesitate to send us your feedback on this new feature!


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