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Limestone Networks Announces Launch of OnePortal Rapid Cloud Platform

1U servers down angle“Our customers rely on us for a diverse service offering,” CEO Steve Evans said, “so we built a platform that has all of the benefits of cloud hosting, such as instant provisioning, scalability, flexible billing, and is even more customizable than the bare metal hardware builds we do daily.”

Virtual machines and bare-metal on the new platform are SSD-backed by default. However, customers can provision magnetic disk-backed VMs as well, or create and attach additional volumes on the fly. All data is replicated to 3 different servers regardless of the storage media used. This provides for seamless restoration of service to instances in the event of hardware failure, zero-downtime maintenance windows, and more efficient resource management to maintain peak performance. Redundant power and network are standard features on every instance and dedicated server provisioned under OnePortal Rapid.

In addition to sub-1-minute instance and dedicated server provisioning times, Limestone Networks has implemented an hourly, pay as you go, utility-style billing model for OnePortal Rapid starting $0.02 per hour, which will allow clients to scale cloud and dedicated servers up and down dynamically. This can be done via the Openstack Horizon web UI, or through the standard Openstack APIs, development libraries, and compatible applications. Snapshots of servers and volumes can be created quickly and cloned as needed. Clients can also upload RAW virtual machine images for private use.

Features that were previously under limited release to Limestone’s bare-metal and colocation products are standard in OnePortal Rapid. IPv6 is standard on public internet interfaces. DDoS protected IPs and Limestone Private Network interfaces are available on all servers. High speed network interfaces are standard. The minimum network interface speed is 20Gbps, so customers can rely on high speed clustering applications and easily scale internet services. As always, bandwidth on the Limestone Private Network between all services is free. Firewalls (security groups) are available and clients can use these to protect instances from unwanted malicious traffic while dynamically allowing desired services through use of the API or web interface.

Simplicity has been a focus of Limestone Networks from the start. OnePortal Rapid leverages Bitnami application images to enable one-click launching of instances with applications pre-installed and ready for use. Bitnami images offered at launch include WordPress, Magento, Drupal, Gitlab, and more. Ceph based replicated storage provides the service with highly-available, self-healing, software-defined storage to facilitate easy scaling. Various supported OS images are available for immediate deployment such as Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora, Debian, and CoreOS. Limestone Networks has done the hard work necessary to make using OnePortal Rapid simple and intuitive. “Our ease of use focus and complete automation provides a cloud computing alternative that is the optimum choice for both enterprise and small business use,” said Vice President, Preston Gosdin, “which allows everyone to scale their infrastructure seamlessly.”

Steve sitting1Limestone Networks has amassed deep expertise in deploying and operating Openstack through internal infrastructure utilization and upstream development contributions. As a committed Openstack operator and developer, Limestone Networks will continue adding features at a rapid pace and roll OnePortal Rapid out to a variety of regions over the coming months and years.

Limestone Networks is the leading IaaS provider of on-demand dedicated, cloud and hybrid hosting infrastructure and colocation solutions. Limestone Networks uses quality, state-of-art hardware and provides the most secure data center presence in the central United States. Their American based support team is available 24/7/365 and all their services include multi-layered physical security, triple redundancy, and premium bandwidth carriers. Limestone Networks features an industry-leading reseller program, and a fully automated client management portal.

For more information concerning the new product line, please visit them in live chat or email them at


Bare-Metal Backup

Bare-Metal Backup provides safe, secure and scalable data protection, bare-metal recovery, and on-site and cloud backup of any data, anywhere, anytime. It is a fully managed service – we will take care of your data protection and you focus on primary business tasks!

Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine, Bare-Metal Backup backs up disks, partitions, and files to our storage in a secure data center and allows to quickly recover selected files, folders, applications, or an entire system.

With unified Bare-Metal Backup, you get the dual protection you need in the event of a disaster. The Acronis AnyData Engine backs up to local storage on your premises for quick restore and to secure Acronis Cloud for recovery in the event of a disaster.

Why do you need Bare-Metal Backup powered by Acronis?

  • acronis_logoTo protect your data in the event any disaster
  • To quickly and easily implement a hybrid protection strategy
  • To replace tape and other legacy backup solutions

Why businesses choose LSN’s Bare-Metal Backup?

  • Protect Windows, Linux, VMware, Hyper-V, and PCs.
  • Hybrid Protection: 3 locations, 2 types of media, 1 offsite.
  • Easy to manage backup service for small IT department.

Why businesses choose Bare-Metal Backup powered by Acronis?

  • Backup admins trust LSN’s proven bare-metal recovery
  • IT Managers value multi-platform data protection
  • CIOs trust Acronis’ brand, proven track record, and expertise

Key Features

  • Physical and virtual systems – protection of both physical and virtual systems in one service
  • File and disk image-based backup – backup of selected files or complete disk images
  • Bare-metal recovery – recovery to same or dissimilar hardware, even from the cloud
  • Local and cloud storage – support of local and safe cloud storage in our secure data center
  • Initial seeding to easily move large volumes of data to the cloud:
    1. Backup to an external HDD
    2. Courier it to Limestone Networks data center or direct to the Acronis data center
  • Multi-level security – AES-256 encryption, password protection and SSL
  • Acronis’ secure software-defined storage data center are equipped with all latest disaster prevention technologies, and are SSAE 16 certified

Supported Platforms

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Scaling the eCommerce Mountain Without a Harness

You want your website to attract more traffic, because more traffic equals more conversions, right? But what kind of experience will new visitors receive with high traffic volumes? Scalability is key when considering the future of your organization. If you aren’t prepared to handle the surge of new visitors your marketing campaign brings, your competitors will accept them with open arms.


Cramming your website onto a crowded hosting server is like inviting the entire community to your restaurant’s grand opening but only having three tables to seat them at. As the word-of-mouth spreads, it is not unusual for great concepts to experience rapid spikes in website traffic.

Each company is unique and has different needs. Traditional shared hosts often only offer one operating system and supply all users with identical light-version control panels, limiting program and application compatibility and forcing your company to conform to the one-size-fits-all configuration provided.


Unlike traditional shared hosting, the cloud delivers instant scalability and added redundancy in the event of hardware failure. Your bandwidth, memory, and disk space can be adjusted any time as your business needs change. This ensures that no customer is denied the high quality experience you intend to give them, even as traffic spikes, converting would-be customers into customers.

Because cloud servers use special software platforms across multiple dedicated servers, configurations are fully customizable. This will allow you to utilize solutions tailored specifically to your company’s vision and goals. Your site’s optimized layout and functionality will lead to increased conversions and cultivate your company’s growth.


About the Author
Scott studied Marketing at the University of Texas at Dallas and is now an Account Executive with Limestone Networks. He helps organizations achieve alignment between their business strategy and infrastructure by offering customized, scalable network solutions. Outside of the office, Scott can be found exploring the great outdoors or enjoying a cold one while watching the game.

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Limestone Networks announces launch of Intel E3 V5 series

Limestone Networks, a leading provider of on-demand, cloud and dedicated hosting services, is pleased to formally announce the availability of Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 V5 series dedicated servers.

Dallas, Texas December 16, 2015. intel Xeon Processor

Intel’s new V5 version of its E3-1200 series processor offers numerous upgrades to its predecessor, and Limestone Networks is thrilled to announce its inclusion to their broad range of dedicated server offerings.

The Intel Platform Brief states, “The Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v5 product family offers dramatically higher CPU and graphics performance as compared to the previous generation, as well as ball grid array (BGA) parts for mobile workstation computing needs.”

For more information concerning the new product line, please visit them in live chat or email them at

About Us

Limestone Networks is a leading 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.


Load-Time and the Art of Infrastructure Selection

According to a 2012 study by Brand Perfect, 51% of US shoppers say they would abandon an online purchase if the site loaded slowly. Radware’s 2013 study found only a 2 second delay in page load times led to abandonment rates of up to 87%. Studies by go on to indicate that 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less, 40% will abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load, and 44% will tell their friends about unfavorable web experiences. Load-time, along with IP quality, also affects search engine rankings.

Today, slow load-times simply aren’t tolerated. It doesn’t matter how great your product or service is if no one is looking at it by the time your page gets around to loading.


With traditional web hosting, your site is hosted on a dedicated server with specific memory and bandwidth limits, but you’re not alone. Numerous other sites are operated on the same server, each vying for their piece of the pie. The media-heavy sites and sites experiencing higher-than-normal website traffic on your server will use larger chunks of the available bandwidth and disk space, leaving your site with access to less. This can give your potential customers a headache in the form of inconsistent performance.

Accomplishing faster page load times on an overcrowded server commonly means stripping page content, leaving your company to be represented by a forgettable skeleton of the original experience you intended your website would provide.


With a dedicated server, you are entitled to the entire bandwidth and disk space. Your pages will be delivered rapidly to your customers, without being impacted by other sites. The full bandwidth and disk space supported by a dedicated server also allow your company to stand out with engaging, content-rich pages, designed to optimize every web interaction. Dedicated servers do cost more than hosting plans, but site abandonment means fewer conversions. So, then, which actually costs more?


About the Author
Scott studied Marketing at the University of Texas at Dallas and is now an Account Executive with Limestone Networks. He helps organizations achieve alignment between their business strategy and infrastructure by offering customized, scalable network solutions. Outside of the office, Scott can be found exploring the great outdoors or enjoying a cold one while watching the game.

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Portal Do Host Seleciona Limestone Networks como seu Provedor de Hospedagem Dedicada

Grande cominidade de hospedagem Brasileira escolhe servidores dedicados da Limestone Networks.      

Dallas, Texas. 30 de Junho de 2015.

Limestone Networks, fornecedora líder de serviços de hospedagem de dedicados e cloud, anunciou hoje que o Portal Do Host, a maior comunidade de hospedagem Brasileira, selecionou a Limestone Networks para sediar sua comunidade substancial e ativa de profissionais de hospedagem.

portaldohostDesde 2009, o Portal Do Host tem sido uma fonte importante de percepção e interação de hospedagem. Portal Do Host escolheu a Limestone Networks para hospedar seu site de alto volume, com mais de 9000 membros e numerosos visitantes diários, porque a LSN oferece excelentes links para o Brasil, serviço e apoio sólidos, e tem o hardware e redundância necessárias para garantir a alta disponibilidade.

“Fui com Limestone Networks porque eles são um nome de confiança na indústria de hospedagem. Eles oferecem um excelente suporte e conectividade para o Brasil “, disse Angélica Costa, Fundadora do Portal Do Host.” Meus membros são profissionais de hospedagem e têm direito a uma experiência de qualidade ao navegar meu site. ”

Felipe Fleury

Felipe Fleury

Limestone Networks está emocionada por estar fornecendo serviços de hospedagem dedicada a esta comunidade de hospedagem popular e acredita que isto irá reforçar ainda mais o seu alcance no mercado de revenda de hospedagem brasileiro. Felipe Fleury, Gerente de Contas Latino-Americano de Limestone Networks comentou: “Depois de conferenciar com Angelica, relativo à migração, eu determinei que um servidor dedicado dual Intel seria o melhor para atender às suas necessidades e fornecer a abilidade de crescimento no futuro. Estou animado que estamos hospedando o web hosting forum #1 do Brasil, e eu olho para a frente a novas oportunidades para se conectar com os profissionais de hospedagem que falam portugues. ”

Sobre a Limestone Networks

Limestone Networks é uma provedora líder de servidores dedicados on-demand e serviços de hospedagem de cloud. LSN tem um centro de dados avançado que inclui segurança de multi-camadas, N + 1 e 2N de redundância e operadoras de banda premium. Limestone Networks apresenta um programa de revendedor líder do setor, portal robusto de gerenciamento de cliente e painel do usuário final, rede de distribuição de conteúdo global, com suporte 24/7 apaixonado.

Para mais informações sobre esta parceria, ou qualquer outra inquéritos relacionados com servidores dedicados ou servidores cloud, entre em contato com um especialista de contas.




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.




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.




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


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.


Kris Anderson
Director of Business Development
Limestone Networks, Inc.