Friday, 10 May 2013
We have now fully migrated the servers at our US data center over to our new cloud hosting platform with a main goal to minimize all possible downtimes and to offer a significant increase in the performance of both Thexyz Server Control Panel and your website. Here is just a short list of the benefits you will enjoy in our US data center with the new cloud platform:
Greater Service StabilityWe store different services (emails, MySQL databases, etc.) on different servers so as to make our overall platform less vulnerable to hack/DDoS attacks.
Faster ServersWe have recently upgraded our network to 10 Gbps, which means that our servers are faster than ever and so will be your website
Speedy MaintenanceBy ensuring spare servers, we have simplified server maintenance procedures and hence minimized frustrating service interruptions and downtimes
Migration to SSDsAll web hosting users who are using less than 1 GB of storage space are now located on fast SSDs. This means that they will enjoy much faster read/write speeds and faster website speeds. We are planning to move all cloud hosting accounts to SSDs as well.
Web accelerators (Memcached, Varnish, Node.js)Our web acceleration tools will help you boost the speed of your website even further.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Backing up email is an integral aspect to email management.
In many cases today constant email backup is required by law for government institutions, for that reason it is important to know your email is being backed up a retained.
Incoming and outgoing email is equally importantIt is not just all received email that should be backed up, but all sent email too. For this to happen effectively mail needs to be constantly synchronised from multiple servers. This way if a crash or disaster takes place in one data center location, the data is immediately accessible via a separate location.
Unlimited data storage and no quotasEmail cannot be sent back to sender because the mailbox is full. The same needs to occur with backup too. With cloud server architecture a backup drive can never reach storage capacity. This will insure full data backup regardless of any storage restrictions.
Full Email complianceIn some cases it is not just educational institutes, government offices and educational organisations that are required by law to have FISMA compliant email but this is increasingly become more common in the private sector too. As email plays an increasingly important part for a business to operate, so too does the need to safely and securely backup the data.
Easy to search and find indexed emailWith email archiving all email is not only stored but also easy to search and find. With improved search functions, users can quickly find any previous email also from shared email accounts too.
Thexyz Premium Email service offers a complete managed FISMA compliant email solution to provide secure email service for the private sector as well as government compliant email service, educational institution email service and healthcare provider healthcare email service.
Learn more about Thexyz Premium Email services here: https://www.thexyz.com/webmail.html
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
New Mandatory Update To Thexyz Cloud Backup Agent
On Monday 29th April we will be setting the minimum required version of the Thexyz client to 1.12.6. All previous versions of the client will no longer be supported by Thexyz and will stop connecting to the cloud. This means that if you are running an older version of the Windows and Mac client software your back-ups will no longer run and no data will be synced via the briefcase. Any existing data stored in your cloud account will remain in the cloud and will still be accessible through the web portal and mobile apps.
Thexyz Now Supports Windows 8
Version 1.12.6 of our Desktop software for Windows and Mac includes an improved status screen, bandwidth settings, and many stability improvements. The Windows version of the software also now fully supports Windows 8.
Customers who have a previous version of the client software already installed will see a pop up notification on their desktop asking them to upgrade.
If you have any questions, please contact the support team: https://www.thexyz.com/support.html
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Over the past few days there is an on-going and highly-distributed, global attack on WordPress installations across virtually every web host in existence.
This attack is well organized and again very, very distributed; we have seen over 90,000 IP addresses involved in this attack.
At this moment, we highly recommend you log into any WordPress installation you have and change the password to something that meets the security requirements specified on the WordPress website. These requirements are fairly typical of a secure password: upper and lowercase letters, at least eight characters long, and including ?special? characters (^%$#&@*).
The main force of this attack began last week, then slightly died off, before picking back up again yesterday morning. No one knows when it will end. The symptoms of this attack are a very slow backend on your WordPress site, or an inability to log in. In some instances your site could even intermittently go down for short periods.
We are taking several steps to mitigate this attack throughout our server farm, but in the same breath it is true that in cases like this there is only so much that can actually be done.
The servers most likely will experience service interruptions because of the high numbers of WordPress installations hosted, due to the incredibly high load this attack has been seen to cause.
There are two nice features to disrupt brute force attacks:
1) Set-up a failed login limit: For example if the IP gets the login wrong the plugin adds the IP to your blocked list for a set period of time. In certain cases I have set it to block after 2 wrong attempts and to block for an hour.
2) Change your login path: This feature changes the login path to a custom one so that an attacker cant guess it. ie (mydomain.com/mysecretlogin1234) It updates all the files automatically so you dont have to go editing the .htaccess file yourself.
You can also find some additional resources here:
- Install Limit Logins Plugin and Prevent Brute Force Attacks
- How To Change Your WordPress Admin Username
- Purchase WordPress Security Hardening
Thank you for your time and understanding regarding this matter.
Monday, 18 March 2013
Here you can purchase additional upgrades for Thexyz Cloud software. They are all billed annually.
Network Drive (NAS) UpgradeYou can backup your internal server or external web server with Thexyz Cloud backup agent.
$99.95 per year
Additional 500 GB of storage for Thexyz CloudRunning low on storage? Add additional storage in blocks of 500 GB to your account with Thexyz.
$74.95 per year
Add Thexyz Briefcase DriveThexyz Briefcase drive adds additional sharing capabilities to your cloud account so you can share files publicly or securely with an encrypted password.
$59.95 per year
Additional Computers to BackupAdd 1-10 additional computers to backup with your cloud backup account at Thexyz so you can backup all your computers.
$9.95 per year
Backup unlimited ComputersWith this upgrade you can backup as many PC's and Mac's as you wish with Thexyz Cloud backup agent. Great for business or large families that want a secure and reliable remote backup solution.
$149.95 per year
Monday, 11 March 2013
Thexyz offers a range of different upgrade options which will help you get the most out of Thexyz Cloud Apps. To help you explain the advantages of upgrading an account we have created some clear points below:
Upgrading to Premium from a Backup account
Backup accounts make sure you do not lose your files but upgrading to Premium will allow you to fully interact with your data online. With Premium you can:
- Easily access files on all of your computers via a virtual Drive
- Share their files in seconds with friends, and family
- Upload files directly from mobile apps
- Add an extra 3TBs of space to your account
- Access and edit files using WebDAV
- Fast and easy data transfer using SFTP
Adding more storage space
If you have nearly used all your account storage space, no worries as additional storage can be purchased. For a small yearly charge you can add 0.5TBs – 2TBs of extra space.
Adding a NAS drive
If you wish to backup a NAS device or network drive you can add a NAS device to their account for an added yearly fee. This is a great easy easy way to backup a web server.
Upgrading your account
To upgrade your account, simply order an update on the upgrades page or order a new account subscription:
Monday, 25 February 2013
Our cloud hosting platform is designed to eliminate any slow speeds or network downtimes you'd normally face on a standard shared hosting platforms.Here is a short list of the benefits to our new cloud hosting platform:
Superior Service Stability – we have minimized the servers' vulnerability to hack/DDoS attacks by storing applications, emails and databases on a few machines instead of just one
Faster Servers – we have increased the network bandwidth to 10 Gbits, which means better server connectivity and hence better speeds for your sites
Faster Maintenances – by adding spare servers, we have simplified server maintenance procedures and therefor minimized planned service interruptions and downtimes
Migration to SSDs – now all user accounts with up to 1 GB of total storage are hosted on SSDs, which are much faster and more durable than the regular HDDs. We are planning to do the same with the rest of the accounts as well. web accelerators (Memcached, Varnish, Node.js) – we’ve added tools that will speed up your websites significantly. This major system upgrade is aimed at making our service even faster, at improving your websites' credibility with the search engines and at enhancing the on-site experience of your visitors.
We'd like to thank you for your patience during the service upgrades that took place to assure you that on the new platform your websites will run efficiently all the time.
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