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4
Jun
2015

Limestone Networks rolls out VPN connectivity to clients

Dallas, Texas / June 4, 2015 — Limestone Networks, a leading provider of on-demand, dedicated and cloud hosting services, rolls out VPN connectivity to clients accessing their private network.  

Simplicity and security are distinguishing characteristics for Limestone Networks, and now they have reached new heights with their rollout of VPN access. Virtual private networking, or VPN, is a technology that enables remote users to securely connect to computing devices that are not on the same local area network. As a result of VPN implementation, clients can now access and control services on Limestone’s private network securely, from their desktops, with the benefits of encryption.

Examples of private network services offered include the private interface on client dedicated servers, Limestone’s shared network-attached-storage (NAS) accounts, and IPMI & KVMoIP out of band management devices. Concerning the rollout, Carl Martin, Data Center Manager for Limestone Networks commented, “Trust and reliability are key attributes in hosting. Our implementation of VPN connectivity is a further illustration of our commitment to providing clients with secure, dependable hosting solutions.”

Limestone Networks is pleased with their release of VPN connectivity and views it as an extension to their solid repertoire of custom hosting solutions, which includes, but isn’t limited to, hardware procurement and installation, racks, private clouds and other custom services.

About Limestone Networks

Limestone Networks is a leading provider of on-demand dedicated and cloud hosting services. LSN has an advanced data center which includes multi-layered security, N+1 and 2N redundancy and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, robust client management portal and end-user panel, global content delivery network, with 24/7 passionate support.

For more information concerning the implementation of VPN, or other dedicated or cloud hosting related inquiries, contact an Account Specialist.

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9
Feb
2015

Limestone Networks Upgrades Enterprise DDoS Protection

Limestone Networks, a leading IaaS provider of on-demand, dedicated and enterprise hosting services, upgraded their Enterprise DDoS Protection.

Dallas, Texas / February 3, 2015

DDoS attacks have become more and more relevant in the world, which means that DDoS protected servers aren’t just a luxury, they are a necessity. Limestone Networks has recognized this challenge and has thus upgraded their standard Enterprise DDoS Protection to 20Gbps, while maintaining an ultra-competitive price of $50 per month.

Facebook-Generic-2015---DDoS-Protection-Lock---v2Limestone’s Basic Protection, which comes free with all dedicated servers, is used to mitigate small attacks. If larger attacks take place, they disable the IP being attacked without ever disrupting the rest of the IPs and services on your server.

For $50/IP address, Limestone Networks offers Enterprise DDoS Protection that can protect you from attacks up to 20Gbps and 12M packets per second. “In a world where security is of utmost concern, it is crucial to always have solid protection for your server,” said Steve Evans, VP of Limestone Networks. “From top to bottom, we have endeavored to provide a thoroughly secure hosting experience, and our upgraded DDoS protection is a further testament to that dedication.” By increasing the level of protection for their enterprise service, Limestone Networks has once again proven that their clients are first priority.

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Steve Evans, Vice President.

About Limestone Networks

Limestone Networks is a leading IaaS provider of on-demand cloud, dedicated and enterprise hosting services. LSN has an advanced data center which includes multi-layered security, N+1 and 2N redundancy and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, robust client management portal and end-user panel, global content delivery network, with 24/7 passionate support.

 

 

 

 

26
Jan
2015

A promising look into the future for Limestone Networks and its clients

Dallas, Texas / January 26, 2015 Limestone Networks, a leading IaaS provider of on-demand, dedicated and enterprise hosting services, reviews 2014 and announces 2015 endeavors.

Looking back into last year, Limestone Networks was able to accomplish the goals that were set for 2014. The changes that occurred have helped to set them apart from the competition. They implemented new technologies and partnerships that have allowed them to continue providing their clients with a high standard of service.lsn_box_large

  • Limestone Networks announced the launching of LSN Cloud on March 23, 2014. LSN cloud hosting was built to provide high availability, performance and scalability. Using technologically advanced equipment, LSN Cloud is ready for the most demanding business applications.
  • Limestone Networks partnered with Cisco to upgrade their entire network infrastructure. The upgrade provides a next-generation platform for Limestone’s cloud and dedicated hosting, as well as supplied a more efficient way to scale out powerful client services.
  • Bitcoin was added as a form of payment for their products and services.
  • LSN CDN was launched which allowed clients to host their websites with boosted performance, a lower server load, while also lowering their bandwidth.

As we step into 2015, there are many things to look forward to for Limestone Networks:

  • Free upgrade from 10Gbps to 20 Gbps for our Enterprise DDoS Protection.
  • Intel E5-2600v3 based dedicated servers. These dedicated servers are built to improve energy efficiency and frequency optimization.
  • New software offerings from Blesta, Interworx and more.
  • New mobile app for android and iOS that will expand server management abilities.
  • Enterprise bare-metal backup solution.
  • Proactive management improvements including setting up hardware and software level monitoring.
  • Refreshed OnePortal interface that will make usability more straightforward.
  • New data centers on the East and West Coasts.

“We’re excited to take LSN’s acclaimed reliability and enterprise-grade product offerings to the next level,” said Kris Anderson, Director of Business Development. “We have always been client-centered. However, I believe coming services will further solidify the close relationship we have with our clients.”

Limestone Networks has entered 2015 with bold, innovative technologies and the coming months are likewise filled with valuable new service enhancements. As always, their clients should continue to expect hosting services that are: Simple. Solid. Superior.

About Limestone Networks

Limestone Networks is a leading IaaS provider of on-demand cloud, dedicated and enterprise hosting services. LSN has an advanced data center which includes multi-layered security, N+1 and 2N redundancy and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, robust client management portal and end-user panel, global content delivery network, with 24/7 passionate support.

 

 

6
Nov
2014

Limestone Networks launches new global Content Delivery Network service running on OnApp’s federated CDN platform

Combines its own CDN Points of Presence with high-performance capacity from the OnApp Federation to deliver more coverage at lower cost than legacy CDN vendors

LONDON – November 6th – OnApp has announced that Limestone Networks is the latest service provider to build its own Content Delivery Network (CDN) using OnApp’s federated CDN platform.

The new Limestone Networks CDN enables its customers to accelerate delivery of web content, video and applications from 12 strategic high performance locations in the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. These include CDN Points of Presence in Limestone Networks’ own infrastructure, and hand-picked locations from the OnApp Federation, a global pool of cloud and CDN capacity that spans 113 cities in 43 countries. Limestone Networks can expand its CDN coverage with any of these locations, on demand, and chose OnApp CDN for the greater reach and flexibility afforded by its federated deployment model.

Limestone Networks’ CDN is available now to existing customers and as a standalone service for users of other hosting platforms. Every location provides all-SSD storage with a minimum 2,000 IOPS, 20GB RAM and a 1.5Gbps uplink, with URL signing, password protection, hotlink protection, geoblocking, spider blocking and SSL support as standard. Limestone Networks will also make its CDN available to its large reseller community, as part of its cloud and dedicated hosting reseller plans.

“CDN makes a huge difference to load times, for everything from images, CSS and Javascripts to patches and installers – and helps our customers reduce bandwidth usage and server load, which improves cost and stability too,” said Kris Andersen, Limestone Networks’ Business Development Director. “We chose OnApp CDN because of the flexibility it gives us to design services with exactly the right coverage and performance our customers need. We can take full advantage of our own infrastructure and extend it with other premium locations from the OnApp Federation. It gives us more control and a much better cost profile than we’d get from reselling a legacy CDN.

“The Limestone CDN deployment shows just how easy it is to tap into the rich resources of the OnApp Federation and create unique services based on whatever attributes are important to your clients – location, speed, quality or price,“ said Kosten Metreweli, OnApp’s Chief Commercial Officer. “With the OnApp Federation you can make the best use of your infrastructure investments and get geographic and commercial flexibility you just can’t get from traditional CDNs – as well as better margins. It’s great to see Limestone building out from their OnApp Cloud and taking their service global, and we look forward to supporting them long into the future.”

The news follows the Q1 deployment of new Limestone Networks cloud services, running on OnApp, which include traditional cloud servers and pre-configured instances for Minecraft, Magento, WordPress and other popular applications.

About Limestone Networks
Limestone Networks is a leading IaaS provider of on-demand cloud, dedicated and enterprise hosting services. LSN has an advanced data center which includes multi-layered security, N+1 and 2N redundancy and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, robust client management portal and end-user panel, with 24/7 passionate support.

About OnApp
OnApp software enables hosts, telcos and other service providers to sell the complete range of Infrastructure-as-a-Service products, from bare-bones virtual servers to fully-automated cloud, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and more. The OnApp platform also gives service providers on-demand access to the OnApp Federation, a global network of cloud providers in 170+ locations, across 43 countries, connected to a real-time wholesale marketplace where they can buy and sell compute and CDN capacity.

OnApp launched in July 2010. Today more than 3,000 service providers in 87 countries run on OnApp software. OnApp has 140 staff across the EU, U.S. and Asia-Pacific and is headquartered in London, UK. For more information visit http://onapp.com

24
Oct
2014

LSN Now, and a Sneak Peek into the Future

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There has been a lot of exciting developments here at Limestone Networks over the past couple of months, and I wanted to take the time to share them with you.

New Services

We’ve released, or are in the process of developing, the following new services.

  • LSN CDN has been launched.
  • We just launched Parallels Plesk 12.
  • We will start accepting Bitcoin as payment next week.
  • We plan to soon offer Off-Site Bare-Metal Backups.
  • We renewed our partnership with GlobalSign to offer free SSL certificates.
  • We will soon be offering the Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 processors and DDR4 RAM.

Our Network

I’m glad to report: Escalations to our Network Engineers are at an all time low. We have been running at peak performance.

  • We’ve made improvements to our Basic DDoS Protection, limiting downtime for clients using this service.
  • We are upgrading our network infrastructure to the latest in Cisco equipment (a full announcement is coming soon).
  • We are in the process of rolling out 10Gbps capacity directly to servers.
  • We are adding an additional scrubbing center for our Enterprise DDoS Protection in New York (the current is in California). This will decrease latency for people using this service.
  • We are developing more control and visibility into our Enterprise DDoS Protection offering– allowing you to see the attacks in our Security Center and customize your filtering experience without contacting Support.

Software Development

The last few months have been focused on you, the client. We’ve been reviewing and implementing client suggestions and feature requests.

  • We’ve created “Billing Allocations,” allowing you to keep the prepaid balance for your dedicated servers separate from your cloud hosting. We know this was a frustration for some clients, and we’d love feedback on how to make it even better.
  • We have developed and released a WHMCS plugin to enable clients to resell cloud servers, fully automated.
  • Soon, you will be able to order servers and pay invoices using Bitcoin.
  • We are launching a new extensive REST API for both cloud and dedicated hosting.

Here at Limestone Networks, all of the departments have one goal in mind: Client Satisfaction. If there is anything we can do to make your experience better, let us know. You can speak with someone on Live Chat or update any of your tickets with a suggestion.

Thanks for choosing Limestone Networks as your partner for cloud and dedicated hosting.

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Kris Anderson
Director of Business Development
Limestone Networks, Inc.

13
Oct
2014

Go Global with the LSN Content Delivery Network

 LSN CDN: What is it? 

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LSN CDN by Limestone Networks is a Content Delivery Network that spans the globe with 12 points of presence. Whether or not a web site is hosted at Limestone Networks, LSN CDN can be easily set up to decrease the load time of any web site by leveraging caching that is distributed around the world.

Reasons to use LSN CDN

  • Boost Performance
    • With your visitors loading files from LSN CDN servers near them, your web site will load faster. For example, a person in Brazil or the UK would load images and videos on your web site from a server in those locations.
  • Save Bandwidth
    • While utilizing LSN CDN, a cache of your files is maintained on servers in several countries. This means that the bandwidth on your server or hosting plan will not be used as much.
  • Lower Server Load
    • If you maintain a or cloud or dedicated server and experience high server load peeks, utilizing LSN CDN will help reduce and stabilize your server’s workload.

Features 

  • SSL Supported
  • Customizable Cache Expiry
  • Hotlink protection
  • Country Access Policy
  • Username/Password Protection
  • URL Signing
  • MP4 and FLV Pseudo Streaming
  • Optional Search Engine Blocking 

Want to take advantage of LSN CDN now? Get started here!

Limestone Networks has Points of Presence (PoP) in the following locations. Gain access to these regions without ever leaving your desk.

Seattle, WA (US)

  • The original Starbucks was opened in Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington in 1971.
  • Seattle was the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.

 

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Los Angeles, CA (US)

  • When L.A. was founded, the city’s full name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula.”
  • Beverly Hills started out as a modest lima bean ranch.

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Dallas, TX (US)

  • Headquarters of world’s greatest cloud and dedicated hosting company: Limestone Networks.
  • The frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas.
  • The first convenience store, 7-eleven, got its start in Dallas and the corporation is headquartered there today.

  

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Chicago, IL (US)

  • Spray paint was invented in Chicago in 1949
  • The Twinkie was invented in Chicago in 1930

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Arlington, VA (US)

  • Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
  • The State nickname is “Old Dominion”.

 

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New York, NY (US)

  • It can cost over $289,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park.
  • Albert Einstein’s eyeballs are stored in a safe deposit box in the city.

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Miami, FL (US)

  • The only Everglades eco-system in the world is in Miami.
  • Miami was a popular place for pirates to visit and bury their treasure. Famous pirates such as Gasparilla, Blackbeard and Lafitte were regular visitors and caches of gold, silver and treasure have been uncovered on and off land in the Miami area.

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Sao Paulo (BR)

  • Sao Paulo is the third largest city in the world
  • The city consumes approximately 1 million pizzas per day.

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London (UK)

  • Big Ben is the bell, not the clock tower. Its chime is in the key of E.
  • More than a 1000 bodies are buried underneath Aldgate station, in a plague pit built in 1665.

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Prague (CZ)

  • Perhaps Prague’s most famous landmark, the Astronomical clock stands regally in front of the Old Town Hall and gathers hundreds of tourists from around the world. Every hour a procession of 12 apostles appear from the sides of the clock as well as the ominous figure of death striking the time
  • The Prague International Marathon was founded in 1995 and is now ranked one of the most prestigious marathon races in the world.

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Singapore (SG)

  • You can find the national anthem in microtext on the back of the $1000 note.
  • Located at the National University of Singapore, the first ‘Hug Me’ Coca-Cola machine dispenses a bottle of Coke when a person wraps his or her arms around the machine!

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Ankara (TR)

  • Efes is the beer of Turkey. Efes Beverage Group is the largest producer of beer in Turkey with approximately 80% market share and ranked 12 in the world beer market.
  • Turkey is home to 2 of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is near Izmir, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus is in Bodrum. The Wonders originate during the Greek era in 2nd century B.C.

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Sydney (AU)

  • Australia’s first police force was a band of 12 of the most well behaved convicts.
  • The ‘dingo fence‘ in Australia is the longest fence in the world (5,530km) – about twice as long as the Great Wall of China.

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What’s next?
Limestone Networks plans to incorporate LSN CDN into its hosting reseller plan which currently allows companies to offer dedicated and cloud servers to their customers – white-labeled.

Our goal is to bring a piece of these locations to you, at the click of a button. Did we overlook an interesting fact about one of our CDN locations? Let us know!

Want to take advantage of LSN CDN now? Get started here!

Limestone Networks is a leading laaS provider of on-demand cloud, dedicated and enterprise hosting services. LSN has an advanced data center which includes multi-layered security, N+1 and 2N redundancy and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, robust client management portal and end-user panel, with 24/7 passionate support.

Article written by Keren Gosdin.

24
Sep
2014

Limestone Networks: A Buzz-Worthy Hosting Solution Company (by FindMyHost)

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There are a handful of companies on the Internet that can provide you with adequate hosting solutions, but there is one company in particular that seems to be causing a great deal of buzz among consumers for offering redundant, high-performance hosting solutions that are simple, solid, superior, and quite affordable to attain: Limestone Networks (LSN). I’ve heard of this company for a couple of months now; for that matter, I decided to finally try it out to see if it lived-up to the hype and to bring you the following review.

This company was founded in 2007 in the state of Texas and automatically garnered a loyal clientele. It grew quickly and became the preferred dedicated server host for gaming in Dallas, TX. Limestone Networks popularity was increasing at such a fast pace that they had to move the following year to a new facility, which featured more redundancy and physical security than their previous data center. Their new facility allowed LSN to market enterprise-level dedicated hosting to serve small to medium sized businesses.

Limestone Networks is composed of a staff of individuals who care about every single one of their client’s needs and wants. Their motto is for you to have a simple hosting experience on a solid network that’s delivered with superior customer service.

This innovative company has a great number of solutions, such as reseller hosting services, starting a game server, launching a website, developing applications, and customizable solutions, but their unmanaged hosting support plans and managed support plans are being the talk of the town for the features they include and for the affordable price tags that are attached to them.

Unmanaged Support 

Tech-Support-Group-Photo---Cage-Isle-letterboxed-WEBTheir unmanaged hosting support plans offer as little management as you need. Their unmanaged support covers your server’s network, power, and hardware. They additionally offer per-incident and monthly management in case you require a little extra help with operating system matters or software. Their per-incident plan only costs $5 per management ticket.

There are three unmanaged support plans that you can choose from. There is the Standard Support plan, which has a monthly cost of $0.00 USD and includes one free OS reload per month, standard phone support, and web and mobile control panel. Yes, you read it right; it won’t cost you a penny! This is the plan that I tried out first, and since I was pleased with it, I moved on to this company’s following plan.

There is also the Standard Support with Monitoring plan (my second pick), which runs for $10.00 USD a month; it includes one free OS reload per month, 10 minute uptime monitoring, standard phone support, and web and mobile control panel.

And last but not least, there is the Premier Support with Monitoring plan, which includes three free OS reloads per month, 10 minute uptime monitoring, incident KVM, direct support chat, premier phone support, standard phone support, and web and mobile control panel.

Managed Support

Limestone Networks managed support plans cover a variety of server management tasks. Their managed support plans cover more of your software and OS configuration needs, whereas, their unmanaged support covers network, power and hardware. There are two managed support plans that you can choose from: Routine Checkup or Proactive Management.

The Routine Checkup plan includes 20 minutes uptime monitoring with notifications, 3 free OS reloads per month, free incident KVM for 3 hours per week, premier phone support, live chat support, setup and verify routine backup, application of operation system patches, anti-virus and malware scans, and basic managements tickets for only $3.00 USD each. This plan costs $40.00 USD a month.

There is also the Proactive Management plan that contains everything you obtain in the Routine Checkup plan, instant downtime investigation, unlimited basic server management tickets, proactive analysis, and malware, spam, and hack troubleshooting. You can obtain this plan for the price of $80.00 USD a month.

Limestone Networks has cultivated premium support for both their managed and unmanaged dedicated servers. They provide in-depth hardware diagnostics completely free of charge. Their hardware diagnostics have been modeled after a full-service oil change. If any hardware issue arises, they immediately replace all memory modules and cables within your server.

As you can tell, Limestone Networks truly does offer full-service managed and unmanaged solutions at affordable prices. I’ve been using their Standard Support with Monitoring plan, and I must say that this company totally lived-up to the hype in my book.

For more information on how LSN can help your business, visit www.LimestoneNetworks.com.

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18
Aug
2014

Limestone Networks: Secure Data Center, Superior Network (By FindMyHost)

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Since 2007, Dallas, Texas-based Limestone Networks (LSN) has been providing network solutions to many satisfied clients. They stand behind their motto of “Simple, Solid, Superior,” and it is evident in everything they do, from dedicated hosting to cloud hosting, from providing developer tools to their outstanding customer service. They work with businesses that are both large and small, both tech savvy and not, and are devoted to the success of all of their clients.

When choosing a network provider, especially one that provides IaaS, businesses have a choice of many companies who can serve their needs. However, LSN stands out among all of their competitors for two main reasons: their highly secure data center and their incredibly reliable network.

LSN’s Data Center: Like a Fortress 

Security is a huge concern when you’re entrusting a network provider with your data. Your data simply cannot be at risk; your network integrity cannot be compromised. LSN understands this, which is why it is unlikely that you will find a network and hosting company that takes security more seriously. The network itself needs to be secure to protect against outside attacks, of course, but an equally important part of a network’s security is the location of its main data center. You’ll find LSN’s data center in downtown Dallas located in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Think of the amount of security measures in place in a typical bank building, and you’ll have some idea of the security of LSN’s equipment. In fact, it’s the most secure data center in the central region of the country. The well-protected and practically fortress-like integrity of LSN’s headquarters means that servers won’t fall victim to any exterior threats.

For example, power outages are no concern at all to LSN and their network. Since LSN’s data center is on a protected power grid – the same one that Dallas 911 and local hospitals depend on – their clients’ cloud and/or dedicated servers are always available. What makes this power grid so resistant to failure is that it draws power from four different substations. The only way that LSN’s networks will go down is in the highly unlikely event that all four substations are rendered powerless at once.

Other features of LSN’s data center that enhance its security and dependability include multiple water feeds and an 80,000 gallon water reserve, plus SAS-70 Type II and SSAE-16 certifications. For further information about LSN’s highly secure data center, including its exact location, visit https://www.limestonenetworks.com/data-center/locations.html.

LSN’s Network: Reliable and Affordable

Businesses who choose an IaaS provider need reliable and continual access to their hosted solutions. Clients who use LSN’s services don’t have to worry about their data being inaccessible. Their fully redundant set-up ensures network stability. Plus, their infrastructure provides both a public and a private network for clients: the public for connecting to the internet (on fast Tier 1 carriers), and the private, back-end network for individual clients’ own traffic among servers. For full data security, LSN offers free basic DDoS protection, with an upgrade option available.

It goes without saying that their network is fast. Top speeds are essential in today’s competitive marketplace and LSN’s are among the fastest. Customers are welcome to perform a speed test at any time to check how quickly their data is loading. They offer lots of bandwidth too: 10TB of free outbound and free, unmetered inbound.

While LSN stands behind the reliability of their networks, they understand that issues may arise from time to time. That is why they are so passionate about the excellent, personal and attentive customer service that they offer. Clients can call any time or use the live chat function on LSN’s website to quickly connect with a representative. LSN strives for an incredibly fast ticket response time of ten minutes or shorter. This means that client issues are addressed promptly, before they turn into big headaches. And, because LSN is fully committed to providing the best service to its clients, all customer concerns are solved fully before a ticket is closed.

Want to know more about the features of LSN’s simple, solid, and superior network? Visit their site at https://www.limestonenetworks.com/data-center/network.html.


17
Jul
2014

What does Sex Tape, Cloud Hosting and Waffles have in common?

Sex Tape Teaser Trailer, in case you’ve missed it:

-(video obtained from IMDb)

As we await Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s latest comedy installment, Sex Tape, let us begin by opening with a quote from the teaser trailer:

*clears throat*

“Nobody understands the cloud, it’s a f$&%^@* MYSTERY!” – Jason Segel.

Thank you Mr. Jason Segel’s character for articulating what is sure to be a deep, plaguing societal issue. I’m only half-kidding. So, it’s pretty obvious from the teaser-trailers Jason and Cameron’s characters don’t know what “the cloud” is… but we do, and I suppose that’s a good thing since we’re a cloud hosting company. All the more reason for us to demystify the issue.

Disclaimer: Read the following cloud explanation at your own risk; it might be to your comedic benefit to bookmark this post and continue reading after you’ve seen the movie so as to better partake in the cathartic confusion that’s sure to take place during your movie experience.

Cloud is still a fairly recent addition to the technology world and the society at-large. Plus, it doesn’t help the average person that the jargon surrounding its explanation can get a bit technical, so I’ll break it down for fellow non-techies out there… because that’s what we do, make things easy for hosting fans out there in the crowd. “crickets”

Ok, moving on then.

I would like to assume most people are familiar with the idea of a server as a “storage” place for data and can enable large numbers of users to access that data remotely. However, here’s a simplistic overview just in case. All other readers can skip to the paragraph following the sexy, naked server picture. Data can be a multitude of things from videos (as in the case of Sex Tape), photos, web sites, video games, and just about any digital thing you can think of, which is stored on the server itself. People then get online or on private networks and can ‘visit’ the data on your server when they visit a site, video game, or watch a video. People need servers for several reasons, but three of the most prominent reasons are:

1. Security – a server or hosting provider creates a hyper-secure connection between the data and its recipients to thwart attempts to steal that data. Also, hosting companies provide very secure locations where servers are housed, oftentimes with key card access, biometric scanners, etc.

2. Connectivity – It can be a hassle when you save a document on your work computer and plan to go home and work on that same document only to realize you can’t access it. A server becomes a virtual storage dump for such instances which enable authorized users to access that document or other data from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. This can be for both private information and public, such as in a web site or application. Due to the robustness of server hardware, it can withstand the onslaught of hundreds, thousands, and even millions of users accessing that information simultaneously, depending on the hardware, etc.

3. Redundancy and failover – Another major component of server hosting is that it provides its users, whether they be application users, website visitors, or company employees, a personal security knowing that their data will be safely stored and protected in case of a power outage or another type of issue. This means that your customers or users will still be able to access the remote data regardless of geographic utility issues.

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Ok, we have servers. Now, in order for us to wrap our head around the concept of cloud, let us think of servers as waffles. Everybody loves waffles. For the purposes of this delicious analogy, each square on a waffle represents a server and the syrup represents data in the servers and the server visitors being hosted. The more traditional dedicated servers described above would look something like a waffle with each square having its own lid to prevent syrup from getting into another square. Therefore, as a square becomes filled with syrup, and in order to continue pouring syrup (everyone wants abundant amounts of syrup, it makes everything go down smootherJ), you need to buy another square in which to contain newly poured syrup. Now, I hope everyone is following my sweet analogy, because cloud is about to makes SO MUCH MORE SENSE.

Now for the big “aha!” moment. Imagine a waffle without the containment lid on each waffle square. It’s a regular waffle. Got it? If we pour syrup into one square until it overflows, where does the overflowing syrup go? Well, into the adjacent waffle square of course! And as that one overflows, it goes into yet another adjacent waffle square and so on and so forth. That, my friends, is cloud in a waffle-fied mental contraption. Cloud is the entire waffle. It is made up of multiple virtual servers (waffle squares) housed within a single storage solution (the waffle in its entirety) which can then facilitate scaling to different levels of processing and capacity according to need (syrup spillover). Furthermore, each waffle is connected to a larger array of waffles whilst being backed by cloned cooks with bottomless vats of waffle mix (power) in a building made up entirely of kitchens (networks). Thus, waffles can be offered at high-speeds and are always available! Er… I mean cloud. Cloud is always available! I let that analogy get away from me.

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So what’s the big deal about cloud?

You get what you pay for. During any course of interaction between a server and its clients, the processing power required to maintain those connections ebbs and flows. With traditional dedicated servers, it doesn’t matter if you’re using 1% of its capacity or 100% of its capacity, you’re still paying the set amount each month or year to have that allotted amount of hardware set aside for your use. Cloud technology is an alternative to that mentality. It’s a super secure, highly scalable virtual server and you pay for the actual processing resources used. If you’re using 1% processing power then you’re paying for 1% processing power and if you’re using 150% of your designated processing power, not a problem, you’ll just be paying for 150% processing power. Payment arrangements for cloud are usually established by the hour or month. The model of cloud hosting is great for applications and websites that are unable to predict what their user volume is and therefore need the ability to scale from 2 users to 165,000 users in real-time. The same is true for seasonal businesses or businesses needing resources with a high degree of availability in order to scale up or down in the future since, with cloud, it can be done on-the-fly without any downtime.

At a boiled down non-techie version of things, you’ve now graduated from waffle university, where every aspiring cloud guru can get his/her start. Congratulations! If you’ve found this to be helpful, please share the wealth of knowledge by passing this on to someone you know. Thanks for taking the time to read and educate yourself!

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10
Jun
2014

From Magento to Minecraft, Limestone Networks brings high performance application hosting to the cloud with OnApp

Combines enterprise-grade infrastructure with pre-configured cloud application instances, customizable cloud servers and cloud reseller services running on OnApp

 

LONDON – June 10, 2014 – OnApp today announced that Limestone Networks has launched a new range of pre-configured cloud instances for popular business, e-commerce and gaming applications, as well as customizable cloud servers and cloud reseller services running on the OnApp platform. The new Limestone Networks Cloud (LSN Cloud) now offers ready-to-run cloud instances for WordPress, Minecraft, Drupal, Magento, SugarCRM and other applications, as well as vanilla cloud servers for users to customize as they wish.


lsn_box_largeSince its inception in 2007, Limestone Networks has established a reputation for exceptional performance and customer service in the dedicated server hosting market. The company chose OnApp to develop a new range of cloud services that would meet growing customer demand for redundancy and scalability for high-performance application hosting. Limestone cites OnApp’s complete cloud management feature set, integrated high performance storage system, reseller support through WHMCS, and the ease of integration with its existing OnePortal control panel as reasons for its decision.

“We have always built our dedicated hosting services for maximum reliability and performance, and moving to the cloud with OnApp enables us to add even greater resilience and scalability, while maintaining that performance for our customers’ apps,” said Kris Anderson, Limestone Networks’ Business Development Director. “Applications running on our OnApp cloud can scale and failover automatically to other servers in the event of an outage. Combined with the full hardware redundancy we’ve built into our network, we can now deliver the best performing, most resilient hosting services for our customers’ applications, on cloud and dedicated servers.”

OnApp’s integration with the WHMCS client management system enables Limestone Networks to offer turnkey reseller cloud packages. As a result, web hosts, gaming server providers, VPS providers and traditional dedicated server providers can resell Limestone’s high performance cloud infrastructure with operating systems and applications packaged and ready to run for their own customers. 

“Limestone has created a unique offering with OnApp, which focuses on what end users really care about – getting the best possible performance and support for their applications,” said Kosten Metreweli, OnApp’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Helping providers like Limestone extend their service offerings beyond dedicated hosting and into the cloud, and providing new ways to add value to customers and resellers, is exactly what OnApp is designed to do. We’re excited to be working with Limestone, helping them build a more lucrative reseller program, and providing a cloud platform that does justice to their investment in infrastructure, to deliver the performance, scalability and resilience their customers need.”

The LSN Cloud offers extremely high performance and resilience, with hypervisor servers running a minimum of dual 6-core Intel Xeon E5-2620v2 CPUs, hosted in racks offering a minimum of 20Gbps bandwidth as standard, and all-SSD/RAID 10 distributed storage that uses OnApp’s “VM-aware” technology to ensure a local copy of data is held on the server hosting each VM. This accelerates data read times dramatically, while automatically distributing copies across other storage nodes for increased resilience. 

Additionally, all LSN Cloud hypervisors and application templates running on OnApp are based on KVM virtualization technology, for the additional performance benefits offered by its closer integration of kernel and hardware. Limestone also offers full redundancy for every hardware component of its cloud, which is hosted in a Dallas datacenter.

Limestone Networks will soon look to expand its OnApp capabilities with new smart servers, which combine the single-tenant performance of dedicated hardware with the automatic provisioning, scaling and failover of cloud servers. Limestone also has plans to expand its datacenter footprint with new locations in the U.S. and use the OnApp Federation to extend its reach to 170 locations worldwide. 

About Limestone Networks
Limestone Networks is a leading IaaS provider of on-demand cloud, dedicated and enterprise hosting services. LSN has an advanced data center which includes multi-layered security, N+1 and 2N redundancy and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, robust client management portal and end-user panel, with 24/7 passionate support. 

About OnApp 
OnApp provides a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform for hosts, telcos and MSPs, with one fully automated control panel for cloud services, dedicated servers, CDN, storage and more, and an easy way to expand using the world’s largest federated cloud. More than 800 service providers in 87 countries run on OnApp. onapp-logo

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