Secondary Amsterdam Server Deployed

We’ve expedited plans to deploy a secondary Amsterdam server to help with our recent growth and the issues currently affecting our primary Amsterdam server which we are investigating. We wanted to make this post to tell you about the hardware and software specifications of this new server and why we’ve made some tough choices.

Hardware Specifications

  • 2 CPU vCore (Intel(R) Xeon(R) E-2276G CPU @ 3.80GHz)
  • 8 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 200 GB Pure NVMe SSD Storage
  • 24 TB GB Bandwidth @ 10 Gbit (Shared)
  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • Complimentary DDoS Protection

Software Specifications

The secondary Amsterdam server is using DirectAdmin installed on top of Debian 10. Due to this choice of operating system, some of you may be aware that we cannot install CloudLinux on top which provides features for caged user isolation, secured legacy php versions, node.js and python applications and resource monitoring and limiting.

Luckily, we can handle user isolation with JailShell and Bubblewrap within DirectAdmin, so SSH access will continue for applicable plans and it will remain secure. For the other features, we plan on utilising DirectAdmin’s planned “Pro Pack” feature once in stable release which can replace most if not all of the previously provided features.

You can read more about the DirectAdmin Pro Pack here, but here’s a brief overview:

  • GIT support
  • WordPress manager
  • Python/Java/Ruby/Perl/NodeJS support
  • Resource throttling per-user
  • Enhanced Email Track and Trace

We don’t have an estimated timescale for when this will be implemented, but we’ll do it as soon as we possibly can.

In relation to the recent issues on AMS1, we are investigating potential DDoS attacks on our server or users on our server and have sent an email to all affected customers. We’ll continue maintaining both servers once resolved but you’re welcome to switch over if you don’t currently require enhanced features.


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