In the ever-changing world of Information Technology, the one thing that seems to remain the same is security. Red teams vs blue teams, white hats and black hats – by now most of us in IT have heard and seen just about everything there is in the realm of computer and network security. So, those of us that eat, sleep, and breathe IT know exactly how important it is to be proactive rather than reactive. Having a trusted Anti-Virus software from a trusted vendor installed on your server is just one of many ways you can help to keep your data secure. 

One semi-recent change in the world of security is the rise of crypto-viruses, more commonly known as ransomware. In less than a year’s time, we’ve seen two fairly large organizations affected by ransomware. According to security researchers at PurpleSec, the recent attack on Kaseya came with a seventy-million dollar ransom note. While ransomware itself is not new, it is growing more and more sophisticated. Worried? You should be, because from May 6th, 2021 – May 12th, 2021 the colonial pipeline was shut down due to a ransomware attack. Even the City of Atlanta has fallen victim to Ransomware. These attacks have cost companies and taxpayers alike millions to recover from.

So, what can be done to keep your data and personal information safe?

Start with a trusted Anti-Virus solution.

 GigeNET would like to officially announce our partnership with ESET, makers of the famed NOD32 Anti-Virus. We offer ESET protection for Windows and for most Linux Distributions starting at $5.00 per month. This is a new option on all new server orders. Please reach out to our sales team if you wish to add it to an existing server.

Of course, good Anti-Virus software is not the only necessity. It is considered not only best practice, but vitally important that the following steps are taken to secure your server or your personal computer:

  1. Always take backups. If you actually care about your data, you will back it up. Local backups to a backup drive in your system are good, but using a remote backup system is preferred. (GigeNET offers both R1Soft and Veeam as add-on remote backup services).
  2. Keep your operating system and applications up-to-date with the latest updates and security patches. Typically, while the information might not always be fully disclosed or announced, most operating system updates are to fix security-related issues or bugs. Some IT professionals recommend holding off for a while before applying new updates since occasionally updates have broken a system. However, as long as you follow step 1 above, you have a solid backup to fall back on.  The small chance of encountering adverse effects from an update is easier to mitigate than leaving a security vulnerability in place.
  3. Firewall it. Your server is on 24/7 with one or more public IPs. Leaving these IPs unprotected by a firewall is just asking for trouble. Any firewall available will secure unused ports and allow you to limit how the other ports are accessed. It all comes down to the configuration.
  4. Don’t slack on user administration. Quickly disable accounts when a user leaves and ensure that no account has more access than is needed. Good user administration can reduce the number of accounts available for a hacker to exploit, prevent bitter ex-employees from doing harm, and mitigate the exposure should an account become compromised.
  5. Use complex passwords. All your security measures are for naught if you are using passwords that are trivial to crack. A good password is one that cannot be remembered without frequent, repeated use. Store your important passwords in a password manager instead. I personally recommend KeePassX , but there are many others around. The trick is to use a password for your password manager that you can remember, but something still difficult to crack. Remember to use special characters!
  6. SSH Keys. For your Linux servers, disable password authentication altogether and use SSH Keys to authenticate. If you must use password authentication, it’s recommended that you use a non-root user to log in, then su to root in order to perform actions as the root user.
  7. Do not open unsolicited email attachments, even from people you know. Before you view what seems like a harmless attachment even from a friend, you should confirm with the sender what it is they’re sending.

Please keep in mind that this list is not the end-all and be-all list of security practices, but taking the above steps will definitely help reduce the level of probability that you’ll lose your data due to outside attackers.

CentOS Stream

CentOS has been one of the most prolific Linux server distributions available. The stability, simplicity, and low overhead have made it the top choice to run production server applications – especially hosting panels such as cPanel. The open source nature of CentOS, as well as the backing from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Project, uniquely positioned CentOS as the only widely available and highly supported Red Hat based distribution to exist for Linux server administrators. The proliferation of web panels such as cPanel helped to firmly cement CentOS as an important player for production server applications. That is until CentOS Stream was announced.

What is CentOS Stream and how does it affect me?

CentOS Stream is the RHEL Project’s and CentOS Project’s new rolling distribution to succeed CentOS 8. By deciding to go with a rolling distribution model, CentOS developers can release new features into the operating system at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, this also means that CentOS Stream users have now become beta testers.

Features are introduced so quickly that there is often not much time to patch or even discover many bugs. This results in an unstable and buggy distribution — the opposite of what companies are looking for to support their server applications. The original intent behind CentOS was to be a community-driven enterprise distribution. Enterprise distributions are designed to be extremely reliable as well as stable, in stark contrast to Stream’s rolling distribution model.

Highly complex panels such as cPanel cannot develop fast enough to work around bugs that are introduced and for every bug that is quashed, another one is likely to take its place. For that reason, cPanel has refused to support CentOS Stream.

Another issue relates to a truncated support schedule for CentOS 8. With CentOS Stream replacing CentOS 8, the latter is being phased out of the CentOS Project’s development cycle. CentOS 8 users, who expected an EOL of 2029, are now contending with an EOL of 2021. This presents a significant challenge to systems administrators and their clients, which consequently elicited a highly negative response from the enterprise community. Accusations were drawn that the RHEL project is attempting to force administrators to pay for RHEL 8 licenses by terminating CentOS 8 support. This is aggravated by the fact that RHEL is now offering 16 free licenses per company in order to help push RHEL 8 — leading many to believe this is a cash grab caused by IBM’s acquisition of the RHEL project back in 2019. This was predicted by many, as IBM has a track record of imposing highly convoluted and extremely expensive licensing plans on many of their products.

What are my options?

Thankfully, many projects have stepped up to provide the open source community with an enterprise operating system that is 1:1 bug compatible with CentOS 8. The two biggest contenders are AlmaLinux, developed by CloudLinux, and RockyLinux, developed by the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation. Both serve to continue the original purpose of CentOS, filling the gap CentOS will leave for a community enterprise distribution. cPanel has announced support for both AlmaLinux and RockyLinux, allowing users to select either option to run cPanel on RHEL 8. GigeNET is a proud Cloudlinux and cPanel partner and our techs have years of experience working with their products. Clients with support plans can receive assistance from our support team migrating their cPanel instances to either AlmaLinux or RockyLinux. We are available 24/7 to assist you with any questions you may have about cPanel and RHEL 8 support, as well as any other issues you may be facing.

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GigeNET Marks 15 Years of Selling cPanel by Reinvesting in Relationship

GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, reaffirms partnership with cPanel to mark 15 years of selling cPanel licensing.

“cPanel has been so instrumental in the creation of the hosting industry I think you would be hard pressed to imagine the web host industry without it. A lot of what we do today, be it Cloud, or IaaS, or shared, has roots in how cPanel defined the industry,” said Ameen Pishdadi, Founder and President of GigeNET.

15 years ago GigeNET sold its first cPanel license. A few months later (in 2004), GigeNET registered as an official cPanel partner. And since then has signed on numerous shared, VPS, and cloud hosting providers along with customers who want cPanel’s DevOps in a box approach.

GigeNET recently recertified all support on both cPanel and WHM Administration and System Administration certifications. On top of following cPanel certification, the GigeNET team also created their own internal study and testing materials to keep the information fresh.

“cPanel is the industry standard for server control and defined the business model for our shared hosters,” said Joe De Paolo, SVP of Products at GigeNET. “Furthermore, it is cPanel’s tiered resale-ability and ease of control that makes system administration and devops easy for the end user.”

GigeNET released new managed services last year and finalized cPanel Managed Services offerings. By combining the feature set of cPanel and GigeNET’s support customers can focus on what they love instead of system administration or developer operations of their IT environments.

“GigeNET is a valued long time cPanel Partner and has a network that is nothing short of amazing! They have proven to provide quality servers and fantastic network protection needed to succeed in hosting” says Eric Ellis, cPanel’s VP of Customer Experience.

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GigeNET is your Hosting Partner for Life. We are your trusted collaborator for offloading your IT requirements and moving your business forward. As the first company to provide complete and fully automated DDoS protection, GigeNET is the leader in Resilient Cloud and Dedicated Managed Hosting. Businesses partner with GigeNET to solve their IT infrastructure problems with custom solutions that nurture continued growth.

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Since 1997, cPanel has been delivering the web hosting industry’s most reliable and intuitive web hosting automation software. The robust automation software helps businesses thrive and allows them to focus on more important things. Customers and partners receive first-class support and a rich feature set, making cPanel & WHM® the Hosting Platform of Choice. For more information about cPanel, visit

GigeNET Cloud Adds Package Based Public Cloud for Easier Consumption

GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announced, through their subsidiary GigeNET Cloud, a new cloud server offering, GigeNET Cloud Lite.

“Our classic cloud product allowed for extreme levels of granular control over system resources with the ability to scale memory by the megabyte. However, this form of control is no longer a common use case. Instead, customers have grown accustomed to consuming public clouds in a package form, and our Lite Cloud product reflects this reality,” said Ameen Pishdadi, founder, and president of GigeNET Cloud.

GigeNET’s Lite cloud product offers self-healing SAN, high availability, live migrations, seamless failover, fastest route optimization, and much more.

Cloud Lite comes in three forms Balanced, Core, and Max.

Cloud Lite Balanced offers a standard mix of both memory and compute power allocation. These cloud servers provide a best of breed experience for a wide range of applications.

Cloud Lite Core offers an increased amount of compute necessary for applications that are CPU intensive. The Core family is suited for high computational scientific workloads, high-trafficked websites, and online gaming.

Cloud Lite Max offers increased memory for high-performance applications. The Max family is excellent for dev environments, performance-intensive databases, and the like. In the next iteration of Max packages, memory will scale up to 64GB with possible future increases likely.

“GigeNET Cloud Lite may not have the same level of control as our classic offering, but, like our classic cloud product, it does score consistently higher in both performance and reliability tests when compared to other clouds. We wanted to make sure we kept the innovations GigeNET is known for without compromise and I think the team did just that,” Joe De Paolo, SVP of Products at GigeNET.

GigeNET’s Cloud Lite offering runs on their standardized KVM platform backed Xeon-D hardware for consistent high-performance and availability.

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About GigeNET
GigeNET is your Hosting Partner for Life. We are your trusted collaborator for offloading your IT requirements and moving your business forward. As the first company to provide complete and fully automated DDoS protection, GigeNET is the leader in Resilient Cloud and Dedicated Managed Hosting. Businesses partner with GigeNET to solve their IT infrastructure problems with custom solutions that nurture continued growth.

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GigeNET adds the last server building block to its server line-up, and completely removes legacy hardware

GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announced the release of the Dual E5-2630 v4 and the finalization of the GigeNET server line. This 20 core server has space for up to two terabytes of DDR4 RAM and as much as 64 TB of local storage. In preliminary tests, the Dual E5, was able to accomplish network applications faster than any of the other servers tested.

“The Dual E5 is a monster of a server and allows us to tackle many of the problems our customers saw with private clouds designed by other providers. In a cluster with failover, the memory ceiling is off the charts removing a critical barrier to private cloud adoption,” said Joe De Paola, SVP of Products at GigeNET.

Intel built the E5-2600 v4 series to be the foundation for software-defined enterprise data centers. According to Intel’s benchmark numbers, the dual E5 can support up to 240% more VMs while reducing operation costs by 58%.

“Like the Xeon-D family, the E5-2600 v4 series is a model of efficiency and raw power and augments our recent rollouts. We have made an environmentally conscious decision by standardizing on both of these servers without compromising performance for our customers. We are looking to greatly increase our datacenters’ server density by as much as 10x while using far less power. This is a huge win,” said De Paola.

GigeNET’s Xeon E5-2630 v4 start with 128GB of DDR4 and can quickly scale to 2 TB. Rounding out the configuration, every Xeon E5-2630 v4 comes with a 960GB Enterprise SSD or 8 TB Enterprise 7200 RPM SATA drive standard. The Xeon E5-2630 v4 can scale up to 8 total hard disks. Order yours today.

GigeNET lends the voice of their customers to i2Coalition in the continuing debate for customer rights and privacy

GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announced that it has joined the i2coalition. The i2Coalition is an assemblage of some of the industry’s best minds. They work to provide a means for common sense to reign with both policy-makers and with other tech companies. GigeNET aims to participate in policy creation and lend the voice of their customers to the ongoing internet debate.

“At the risk of sounding like a marketer, we didn’t join just to be with like-minded businesses, we wanted to do more for our customers. We wanted to amplify their voice as the lifeblood of this industry and represent their interests on the national and global scales,” said David Dunlap, GigeNET’s VP of Sales and Marketing.

The i2Coalition got its start in 2011 as a platform for education and awareness, protecting the rights and freedoms of service providers and their customers. Comprised of technology firms, infrastructure providers, and online professionals, the i2Coalition serves the community by providing advocacy, legislative guidance, and education for consumers, companies, and governing bodies.

“Our customers depend on not only us but this industry. We are looking forward to adding our, and our customers’, voice to those protecting this industry. As a company, GigeNET will be joining the i2Coalition’s work in net neutrality, data privacy, gender diversity and equity, public policy, and consumer education. 2018 will be a critical year in the history of the Internet. We’re proud to be at the forefront of that with the i2Coalition,” said Ameen Pishdadi, President, and Founder of

GigeNET’s Intel Xeon-Ds were purpose-built to process hyperscale workloads for cloud and dedicated hosting with a reduced carbon footprint.

GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announced the release of the Intel Xeon-D 1541 CPU. These high-density servers use less power and run cooler while outperforming a large variety of E3 and some E5 chipsets. The lowered consumption translates to a very reliable engine for your cloud and dedicated workloads at a lowered cost.

The Intel Xeon D family was designed specifically as a joint collaboration between Intel and Facebook to provide high-performance in a low-power “system-on-a-chip” (SOC) framework. Facebook understood that not only was computing power a factor, but power usage also plays a key role in determining how dense a data center can be. These servers can efficiently process hyperscale workloads in cloud and dedicated hosting environments making them equally capable for reseller hosting and cloud deployments. In fact, it was the high-density capability for shared hosting and business use that first attracted GigeNET to the chipset in the first place.

“The Xeon-D is where performance and environmental responsibility intersect. It is the most robust computational platform that I have seen for the entry-level and mid-market server range and has a small carbon footprint. The Xeon-D showcases what we can accomplish when we build tech that puts people, performance, and the environment first,” said Joe De Paola, EVP of Products at GigeNET.

GigeNET’s Xeon-Ds start with 64GB of DDR4 and can quickly scale to 128 GB. Rounding out the configuration, every Xeon-D comes with a 960GB Enterprise SSD with room for more. Order yours today!

GigeNET’s new customer portal focused on decreasing complexity of common tasks and increased architectural control.

GigeNET, an innovator in resilient managed cloud and dedicated hosting, announces the reimagining of their customer portal. After considerable feedback from customers and the help of several skilled UX designers, GigeNET’s customer portal has received more than just a facelift.

Over the course of several months, GigeNET worked with customers to figure out the best ways to reduce the number of steps for common activities. Instead of burying tasks in subpages for a cleaner look, the company went in the direction of ease of use. Design work focused on increasing the intuitive nature of the portal by adding color coding and cleaning up font design for maximum readability.

“At GigeNET, projects like this one begin and end with the customer. The changes in our portal are not game-changing, nor revolutionary. It is our deliberate movement towards providing a better experience for our customers,” said David Dunlap, VP of Sales and Marketing.

The portal revamp also showcases the efforts of the newly created Customer Advisory Board. Currently, the board only includes a handful of customers to act as a proof of concept. Plans to grow out the board are being set based on the considerable accomplishments made thus far.

“This is less about talking about our customer portal and more about reaffirming our commitment to our customers. Let’s face it, every company that reaches our level offers a portal with varying degrees of success. In our case, we spent months of gathering customers’ feedback on bottlenecks and areas of improvement and we made those changes happen. Over the next few months, we are going to be rolling out more customer-centric upgrades and policies,” said Joe De Paola, SVP of Products. “This also serves as a proof-of-concept for the efforts of our Customer Advisory Board and so far they have been well received.”


GigeNET’s Cluster Solutions offer expert setup and easy administration with InterWorx’s Cluster Panel.

GigeNET, a leading provider of full service hosting solutions, is excited to announce their new Cluster Hosting packages that can easily be managed and maintained with InterWorx’s Cluster Panel and their epic support. Clustered hosting offers many benefits including scalability, agility and reliability. These advantages are achieved by spreading services across multiple servers and utilizing load balancers to distribute traffic. By removing the dependency on one server, single points of failure and most resource limitation issues are eliminated. Similar to cloud, clustered hosting uses the resources of a number of machines that are available on demand as your site traffic fluctuates.

“Despite the numerous benefits of clustered hosting, many companies have steered clear of this solution due to the technical knowledge required for implementation and ongoing maintenance.” said Ameen Pishdadi, GigeNET’s President and CTO. “GigeNET’s new packages offer all the advantages of clustered hosting without all the complexities. Each package includes GigeNET’s setup and easy administration through InterWorx’s Cluster Panel backed by support from our staff.”

InterWorx’s Cluster Panel has similar functions of a conventional control panel, plus the added capability of load balancing to ensure superior availability and the ability to generate virtual machines on demand. The panel also handles server-to-server configuration and data synchronization automatically.

About GigeNET

GigeNET is a full-service managed hosting provider offering dedicated, cloud, hybrid, and colocation hosting solutions, as well as state-of-the-art DDoS protection. GigeNET is headquartered just outside of Chicago, Illinois where it owns and operates a 17,000 sq. ft. enterprise-class private datacenter that enables them to offer clients a high performance network with superior security at affordable prices. GigeNET also offers their wide range of services in their Los Angeles, CA datacenter with plans to open an East Coast location shortly. GigeNET has been a pioneer since their inception in the 90’s and continually pushes the boundaries of what’s possible to develop new technologies and trailblazing products for their clients including ProxyShield®, the industry’s leading DDoS mitigation system.

TO MOST people, a computer is a device with a screen and a keyboard, sitting on their desk or on their lap. More and more of them have tablets and they may recognise their mobile phones as powerful computers too—for that is what they have become. But a lot of the world’s computing power is hidden, in servers that communicate with all those personal devices, power the information-technology departments of companies, governments and research institutions, and sit blinking in rack upon rack in the vast data centres of Amazon, Facebook, Google and the rest of the growing cloud.

That the market for personal computers is in upheaval is well known. Sales of desktop and laptop PCs have been declining at a double-digit annual rate. IDC, a research firm, said this week that it expected more tablets than portable PCs to be shipped this year. Companies that thrived on the PC, such as Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell, have struggled in a more mobile world. Less visibly, the market for servers—worth more than $50 billion last year, estimate both IDC and Gartner, another research firm—is shifting too. One leading supplier, IBM, has been negotiating to sell part of its business. Two others, HP and Dell, have been sniping at each other. And these days some of the biggest customers are designing and building their own machines.

On May 28th Gartner published its quarterly survey of the server market. The squeeze on corporate budgets means that sellers must fight over a shrinking pie. Although sales in America and the Asia-Pacific region rose, global revenues were 5% lower in the first quarter of 2013 than they had been a year before. The number of units shipped fell by 0.7%. IDC’s figures, released a day later, showed steeper declines. Both suggest that four of the top five vendors by revenue (IBM, HP, Fujitsu and Oracle) had falling sales (see chart).

By revenue IBM, whose servers are aimed at the higher end, is ranked first by Gartner and second by IDC. It has been feeling the pinch. In April, after its last quarterly results fell short of expectations, it replaced the head of its hardware group. It was talking to Lenovo, a Chinese company which bought its PC operations in 2005, about a sale of part of its server business. However, talks recently broke down, apparently because IBM sought a higher price than Lenovo was willing to pay.

Of the top five vendors, only Dell enjoyed an increase in sales, of 14.4% according to Gartner; HP drooped by the same proportion. Lately Dell has been crowing that the research firms’ numbers would show that it enjoyed a bumper quarter at HP’s expense. Meg Whitman, HP’s chief executive, retorted that Dell had “completely crater[ed]” its earnings. Dell, whose founder, chief executive and largest shareholder, Michael Dell, has offered to take the company private, reported in mid-May that its profits had fallen by 79% in its most recent quarter. But it did sound much chirpier about its servers and networking business than about its PCs.

In servers, Ms Whitman added, HP had walked away from deals that did not pay enough. But Dell seems to be doing more than flogging cheap servers at daft prices: Gartner’s figures suggest that its average revenue per unit went up by 11.5% in the year to the first quarter, while HP’s rose by only 1%. Jeffrey Hewitt of Gartner notes that Dell has always priced keenly. Lately, he suspects, that has been winning it business not only at the low end of the market but also with more sophisticated products.

But perhaps the most important shift in the server business is not among the leading names, but away from them. Cisco, best known for making the switches and routers that direct data around the internet, saw its server sales jump by a third in the past year. And the giants of the internet are a new sort of customer: they are creating their own designs and buy from contract manufacturers, notably in Taiwan. Thus the huge data centres Facebook is building in America and Sweden contain servers supplied by Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese maker of PCs for Apple, HP and others that branched into servers a few years ago. Rackspace, a fast-growing American cloud-computing company, also plans to deploy servers built by Quanta in a new data centre on the east coast.

Combined, all the contract manufacturers and self-builders would be the fifth-biggest vendor of servers based on the “X86” architecture (which make up most of the market), with a share of 4.8%, Gartner estimates. Their sales went up by 34.5% in the past year. One limit to their expansion, says Mr Hewitt, is customers’ expertise. “Not everyone has the wherewithal of a Google or a Facebook,” he says. Even so, the server market has become a more crowded, more fluid place.

GigeNET is proud to announce that we have been awarded and recommended as a Best Web Hosting Company by

“GigeNET has been awarded and recommended as a top rated web hosting and development company by Web Hosting Search, a leading provider of best hosting reviews on the internet.” —

There is a reason why Gigenet has been recommended as a top rated web hosting and development company as there are many benefits to choosing GigeNET Cloud. At GigenetCloud, we price your cloud by the number of core resources your cloud requires. You will find GigenetClouds’ cloud hosting prices for such features as Cloud Size (Ram/Disk/Bandwidth), Pay As You Go Bandwidth, Operating systems, Add-On Software / Service, and Bandwidth Pricing. Bandwidth is billed on a per-usage manner and bandwidth can be purchased in blocks to reduce cost.

At GigeNETCloud, we offer full unlimited private bandwidth to all our cloud machines. You can access all of your cloud over the private network and even servers on our Dedicated Server or Colocation network! Best of all, the bandwidth is 100% free of charge with 1 GB/s port speed. At GigenetCloud, we offer full machine backups to all our customers via R1soft. One R1soft Agent is provided free of charge to every customer as a part of our ongoing promotion and storage is provided for 50¢ per GB. In addition, you may purchase as many IPs as you need in blocks up to a /28 (16 IPs / 13 Usable). IPs are $1/month per IP address. IPs are elastic so you can spread them across your machines as you see fit. This allows for Maximum utilization and portability.

GigeNET Hosting Key Features at a Glance

  • Redundant Locations – GigeNET Cloud now has LA Cloud Servers and Chicago Cloud Servers available!
  • A friendly, reliable control panel that offers usability second to none.
  • Fastest Cloud Server Deployment on the GLOBE! Deploy a server in under 1 minute!
  • Fully Redundant, High Availability SAN’s with Automatic Failover.
  • Ability for Virtual Machines to use 32-bit or 64-bit architectures
  • Xen Hypervisor using Citrix Xenserver Technology
  • 10Gbps Ethernet Throughout the entire cloud infrastructure
  • Support for multiple Linux Distributions
  • Full Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Support

At GigeNET, all of your needs will be met so you can grow and expand your online business. When comparing our prices and services with the others, you will soon see the benefits of choosing GigeNET dedicated servers.

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