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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

Life is about to get a lot more expensive for some customers of Fasthosts with domain renewal price hikes as high as 160 per cent coming into effect late next month – unless of course they buy early. The UK-based web-hosting firm contacted customers – El Reg saw the letter – to warn a "new pricing structure will be applied to …
Paul Kunert, 2 Oct 2017

Guess who's hiking their prices again? Come on, it's as easy as 123 Reg

Comedy domain and hosting biz 123 Reg will hike its prices 20 per cent later this year. One customer got in touch to confirm he had received an advanced renewal notification from 123 Reg, which quoted the two-year renewal price of a .co.uk domain as being £19.98 plus VAT. "I contacted 123 Reg support to query this as the ' …
Kat Hall, 16 Aug 2017

Gone daddy gone: GoDaddy offloads its cloud businesses

GoDaddy is killing its clouds. The company announced an OpenStack-powered public cloud in March 2016. Now it has emailed customers to let them know their servers won't be there after December 31st, 2017, while support of the Bitnami app provisioning service expires on November 15th. Early last week, GoDaddy announced it had …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017
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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

Photobucket is cracking down on people embedding on third-party websites images it hosts, until now, for free. The photo-slinging internet elder now says that anyone who wants to use its service to display photos it hosts on other pages – such as signature banners in forum posts – will now need to open up their wallets and …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2017
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123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

UK-based hosting and domains provider firm 123-reg has fixed an issue that meant access to some customers' databases ran over an unsecured link, creating a privacy risk in the process. A reader and 123-reg hosting customer got in touch over the issue after failing to get action directly from the hosting firm over the problem, …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2017
A Ransom Note

South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

A South Korean web hosting company is forking out just over US$1 million to ransomware scum after suffering more than eight days of nightmare. Nayana first announced the attack on June 10, saying customer video files and its database had been encrypted, and promising to work to recover the data. More than 150 servers were hit …

Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

Fasthosts left some customers without access to their backups for roughly six days – after it tore down systems it feared were vulnerable to the WannaCry malware. The Brit web hosting biz confirmed to The Register that it pulled the plug on gear hosting some of its customers' online storage service last Friday. These systems …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2017

Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

US House Republicans are demanding prosecutors bring charges against the IT chap who hosted Hillary Clinton's private email service. The chairman of the House of Reps' Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Lamar Smith (R‑TX), today sent a formal letter [PDF] to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that charges be filed …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2017

MEYER! SUES! YAHOO!

Yahoo! has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its web-hosting service has been shutting down customers' websites for months while still charging them. The class-action complaint [PDF] was filed on Friday in the Northern California US District Court by a bloke called Ronald Meyer. He accused the Purple Palace's Small Business …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2017
Power outage

Oz companies fume as Enetica outage enters its second day

Australian web service firm Enetica has provoked consternation among customers frustrated about a prolonged outage now entering its second day. Enetica's web hosting and domain/DNS service have been down with limited intermittent availability at best since Thursday. The latest updates from Webcity, Enetica's parent firm, …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2017

Where in the world is Fast.co.uk web hosting?

Web hosting services at Fast.co.uk are out of action in what would appear to be the final nail in the supplier's coffin. Back in December, Fast.co.uk, which used supplier 186k for its broadband services, advised customers to seek other providers as it was unable to "continue to supply" broadband services. Leeds-based 186k …
Kat Hall, 7 Mar 2017
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Smart Hosting offers up service credit in bid to hang on to clients

After provoking dissatisfaction from customers during its recent support ticket pile-up, Smart Hosting has apologised and offered £10 in service credit. Following Smart Hosting's merger with the equally pint-sized British hosting business Krystal, complaints over a pile-up of unanswered support tickets were met with radio …
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With nearly 1m users on its books, DigitalOcean touts load balancers

DigitalOcean on Tuesday plans to begin offering load balancers to help its customers distribute online traffic across their infrastructure, at a cost of $20 per month. Load balancers ensure that DigitalOcean servers can handle surges of online traffic and represent an essential safety mechanism for online businesses. They …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Feb 2017

Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

AWS re:Invent Now that it dominates the public cloud market, Amazon is setting its sights lower – on developers deploying small projects – in the hope that these customers will remain within the AWS ecosystem. In conjunction with AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Amazon introduced Lightsail, a service that allows customers to launch …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016
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Metronet gobbles up hosting firm for £47.5m, instantly doubles in size

Manchester-based network services provider Metronet has snapped up infrastructure and hosting firm M247 for £47.5m. The combined business will have three data centres, over 200 staff, a combined turnover of more than £40m, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £12m. It means the ISP …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2016
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Scalr hosting hit with outage

Cloud management biz Scalr.com was yesterday hit by an outage which knocked customer websites offline. In a post, the company said the problem had been due to an update that included flawed logic, causing server records to be removed but not AWS servers or other cloud servers. One customer got in touch this morning to …
Kat Hall, 19 Jul 2016
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Six Degrees grabs £12m pot of cash from private equity overlord

The private equity backer that coughed for hosting and managed services outfit Six Degrees has stumped up £12m to fund organic expansion in 2016. The cash injection comes half a year after Charlesbank Capital Partners beat off competition from other finance houses to buy Six Degrees - the sale process started in February and …
Paul Kunert, 5 Jan 2016
Green light

Interoute gets green light for £402m Easynet gobble

Cloudy hosting company Interoute has Wednesday been given the green light by Blighty's competition watchdog to snap up networks outfit Easynet for £402m. Interoute said the acquisition will almost double the size and of its enterprise ICT services business, which will create a combined total revenue of €700m (£495m) based on …
Kat Hall, 4 Nov 2015

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