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AUSTIN, TX – HostGator, an Endurance International Group company, announced the recipients of its 2018-2019 Technology Student Scholarship.

HostGator congratulates the following winners:

Sara Guerry, Radford University, studying social work
Nathan Schams, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, studying finance
Anita Whittner, Nassau Community College, studying psychology

More than 380 applicants answered the essay question – “In what industry or area do you see technology making the largest impact in the next 10 years?” Entries were judged on originality, quality, and innovation of the ideas in their essays. Recipients will receive a $1,500 scholarship to be applied to his or her college tuition and expenses.


“At HostGator, we understand the impact technology has on everything we do. This year’s scholarship winners really impressed us with their unique thoughts around how technology can further improve mental health awareness, infrastructure, and hospitality in the future,” said Suhaib Zaheer, general manager for HostGator. “We are proud to award these students with scholarships and wish them the best of luck in their endeavors.”

HostGator was founded in 2002 in a dorm room by a college student, so the Technology Student Scholarship program is an important part of fulfilling HostGator’s commitment to supporting education. The company has awarded nine scholarships totaling $13,500 since starting the program in 2016.

For more information on the scholarship and to read the recipients’ essays, please visit: www.HostGator.com/blog.

About Hostgator
HostGator, an Endurance International Group company, is an international provider of cloud-based web presence solutions, delivering hands-on support and training to its customers, ranging from customers building their first website to scaling their online presence. Founded in 2002, HostGator offers a variety of reliable website hosting options including shared, cloud, VPS, reseller, WordPress and dedicated servers. Novices and website pros alike can quickly build a website to their specifications with templates and site builders. For more information, visit www.HostGator.com.

About Endurance International Group
Endurance International Group Holdings, Inc. helps millions of small businesses worldwide with products and technology to enhance their online web presence, email marketing, business solutions, and more. The Endurance family of brands includes: Constant Contact, Bluehost, HostGator, Domain.com and SiteBuilder, among others. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, Endurance employs over 3,500 people across the United States, Brazil, India and the Netherlands. For more information, visit: www.endurance.com.

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SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – Future Hosting, a managed VPS and dedicated hosting provider, has warned server hosting clients of the dangers posed by insecure Memcached instances. When configured incorrectly Memcached, a popular caching application, can be used by bad actors to launch massive Distributed Denial of Service attacks (as reported in CSO Online).

Memcached is used by millions of websites around the world. It is a key-value database that caches the results of database queries to accelerate the performance of web applications. Memcached can be configured to accept connections from arbitrary hosts on the open web. Bad actors can use insecure Memcached instances to launch amplified, reflected DDoS attacks against their victims, taking their websites and applications offline.


Memcached is one of many applications that can be used to amplify the bandwidth available to an attacker: open DNS servers and NTP servers are also common vectors. But Memcached is significantly more potent. It can be used to amplify the data in a DDoS attack by a factor of more than 50,000.

“Future Hosting provides server hosting for thousands of businesses, and we’re concerned that insecure Memcached instances pose a serious threat to our clients and other businesses on the web,“ said Maulesh Patel, VP of Operations of Future Hosting, “Memcached is ubiquitous on the modern web because of its usefulness, but less experienced system administrators are not configuring it securely, providing bad actors with a DDoS vector that threatens even the largest online businesses.”

Earlier this year, a popular version control platform was targeted by a record-breaking DDoS attack that peaked at 1.35 TB per second. Soon after, that record was broken by a DDoS attack that used insecure Memcached instances to send 1.7 TB per second to its victim. Few businesses can mitigate attacks of this magnitude.

Future Hosting urges server administrators to ensure that Memcached instances hosted on their servers are configured securely. Memcached should never be reachable from the open internet or configured to respond to requests from arbitrary hosts.

Developers and system administrators without the expertise to securely configure server software should consider hiring a professional system administrator or a managed server hosting provider that can configure a secure hosting environment.

About Future Hosting, LLC
Founded in 2001, Future Hosting is a privately held leading Internet solutions provider specializing in managed hosting, including Dedicated Servers, Virtual Private Servers, and Hybrid Virtual Private Servers. The company has built a strong reputation for its high-quality service, innovative pricing models, and 3-hour Service Level Agreement. Future Hosting is based in Southfield, Michigan.

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Kansas City, Missouri – Worldwide Cloud Web Hosting leader, NameHero is proud to announce the release of their Instant Domain Search 2.0. The latest upgrade introduces shopping cart functionality as well as many improvements in page load time and new gTLDs.

“We’re thrilled about the latest update,” said NameHero’s CEO Ryan Gray. “Since introducing our Instant Domain Search in 2015, we’ve helped tens of thousands of customers from around the world register domains. It’s our goal to allow them an easy way to instantly see what domain is available and provide the best price possible.”


The announcement comes as “one of many” platform upgrades NameHero has been touting over the last couple of months. The Instant Domain Search engine also allows users to easily register domains on smartphones and tablets as well as their exclusive Whois Hero anti-spam protection.

“I build NameHero based off my own needs from creating and managing seven-different online businesses since 1998. Our Instant Domain Search was built out of necessity as I needed a place I could easily register all my domains and manage them in one place. I trust our customers will find just as much value in this tool as I do,” Gray concluded.

About NameHero
Since 2015 NameHero has quickly risen to leader in the Web Hosting industry offering affordable Shared, Reseller, and VPS hosting packages on top of their high-speed cloud. As of July 2018, NameHero powers over 20,000 domains from customers all across the globe. For more information abouto NameHero, please visit https://www.namehero.com.

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Vilnius, Lithuania – OpenVZ 6 version is about to reach its “end of life”. It means that after this date, OpenVZ 6 version of virtualization will no longer be developed and supported.

Further use of this version is likely cause a lot of issues. However, there’re a few possible solutions. One of them may be to change this type of virtualization entirely to any other commonly used type: Xen, LXC, Hyper-V and etc. However, this would require a lot of changes within our system infrastructure as well.


Therefore, web hosting company Hostens has decided that the best possible option would be to upgrade the current OpenVZ 6 version to a newer one – OpenVZ 7. These changes wouldn’t require changing everything from the basics. It’s going to keep most of the current things as they are now.

Current OpenVZ 6 Kernel
Current OpenVZ 6 uses the latest stable version of kernel for virtualization – 2.6.32. It has its advantages – this version offers stable, secure and quality performance of the containers.

At the same time, it has many limitations regarding new software that usually requires a higher kernel version. Right now, Docker, ServerPilot and other software cannot be used on our Standard VPS, but the situation is about to change.

New OpenVZ 7 Kernel Benefits
The new OpenVZ 7 version will be using a new kernel version – 3.10+. It allows deploying Docker, ServerPilot and other similar software on a Standard VPS that was previously unavailable.

Another great feature is that a new file system will be used as well. It will allow generating backup snapshots of the virtual machines instead of a simpler files backup that is used now. The new file system will no longer have Inode limit either.

Resources usage isolation will help to balance the overall performance of the nodes by allocating guaranteed resources. It will also prevent OpenVZ 7 containers from affecting each other more.

OpenVZ 7 provides more system monitoring and managing tools that allow smoother operations without noticeable effect on a running VPS.

Future of Our OpenVZ Hosting
Upgrading to the new OpenVZ 7 not only allows web hosting providers to resolve the current OpenVZ 6 “end of life” situation and present customers with a solution. It will also improve the Standard VPS and Storage VPS products on the whole.

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Rzeszow, Poland – HostBill, a popular billing and automation software for web hosting industry has recently launched a set of tools integrated with Plesk: Plesk Key Administrator module to resell Plesk licenses and two new extensions to their Plesk module: Plesk DNS Helper and Plesk Service Plan Sync tool.

Plesk Key Administrator
Plesk Key Administrator module for HostBill allows to resell Plesk Software licenses (such as Plesk, Virtuozzo and more) and add-ons. With HostBill the licenses are created, provisioned and terminated automatically, making the reselling process completely hassle-free. The users can also set automatic renewal that could significantly improve the license management process. The end-clients can display the license details, change license IP, check license keys, activation and content in HostBill’s user-friendly client area. The admin panel on the other hand gives full control over the billing information and account lifecycle. The admin can also choose which client area functions end-customers will have access to.


Plesk DNS Helper
Plesk DNS Helper is and extension to the Plesk module and was created to help connect Plesk installations with one of the HostBill-supported DNS services: Power DNS, Power DNS Slave Zones, OnApp DNS, cPanel DNS or any other DNS that HostBill supports.

As Plesk handles DNS really well, but it’s more suited for single-install deployments, HostBill created the extension for users who want to deploy multiple Plesk instances and manage single DNS server (master) rather than multiple ones. The extension also helps to hook up PowerDNS to store slave zones, while the Plesk would keep master zone records.

With the Plesk DNS Helper extension installed in HostBill, any time new DNS zone is created / updated / deleted in Plesk, the extension notifies HostBill about it and HostBill then “decides” what to do next. It can push this zone to real master nameserver, notify secondary nameserver to create/update slave zone and after exporting such zone, HostBill can assign it to the related customer

As a result slave DNS (any supported by HostBill) will be notified automatically about new zones in Plesk or Plesk DNS will not be used to handle DNS queries, but as a source of data for actual DNS server that handles requests.

With this approach you can benefit from flexible & automated DNS templates built into Plesk on any central DNS server you wish to use with it.

Plesk Service Plan Sync tool
Plesk Service Plan Sync tool was developed to help manage service plans and addons changes across unlimited Plesk installations with ease. This extension is a real problem-solver especially for hosting companies that use more than one Plesk installation. This automated tool will help to keep multiple service plans and addons in sync between different installations.

The tool allows to create multiple configurations (for separate Windows/Linux Plesk installations or different installations for different purposes) that consist of Plesk servers. In each configuration you can select source server, that will serve as a source of actual plans & addons configuration. Other Plesk servers within configuration will have plans updated, and missing plans created according to the source plan with a single click of a button.

The Plesk Service Plan Sync tool will track what plans/addons/plan settings are missing or different compared to the source server and show those differences. You can then run a synchronization process and as a result all plans and addons missing will be added to target server and plansand addons with matching names but conflicting configurations will have their configurations updated to match those in source Plesk. Moreover, if you’re syncing Plesk with minor configuration/version/extensions differences you can setup overrides that will be prevented from overwritting when creating/updating plans and addons on this server, as well as when comparing it with target server.

Plesk Service Plan Sync Tool can be of use to you if you want to update your plans in bulk, add new plan to all your installations or add new Plesk installation.

About HostBill
HostBill is a powerful and flexible, all-in-one automation, billing, client management and support platform for online businesses. HostBill handles all aspects of running a successful online business, from client acquisition, through invoicing and payment collection, automated service provisioning and management, to customer service and support. Extensive range of advanced features, multitude of modules and apps and integration with various various control panels, domain registrars, payment gateways, order pages, client panels and more, make it the most comprehensive solution on the market for Hosting, Cloud/IaaS/VPS Solutions Providers, Domain name and SSL Resellers around the globe to automate and manage their online businesses.

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Plesk, the leading WebOps platform provider, recently announced that it has acquired the VPS (virtual private server) and IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) management system called SolusVM from OnApp. SolusVM (Solus Virtual Manager) platform allows enterprises to manage OpenVZ, Xen and KVM virtual machines from a single point. It comes with a web-based and customizable user interface using which customers can easily manage the virtual servers. The VPS management system of SolusVM is designed for cloud service providers (CSPs) and resellers, which supports several billing systems and virtualization technologies. With the acquisition, Plesk aims to provide CSPs and web professionals a single solution for web operations. “We’re very happy to have Solus Virtual Manager and their complete VPS management solution on board. SolusVM lets companies of any size manage virtual machines – from one central user interface, with security and ease. Firstly, makes it a breeze for service providers,…
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