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STEADFAST NETWORKS GIVES BACK THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!


Awarding a $1,000 service credit per week to technology companies.


Chicago, IL (PRESS RELEASE) November 7, 2011 – Steadfast Networks, a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider has announced a sweepstakes designed to reward innovation and foster growth in the startup tech community. Entitled, "Steadfast Gives Back" the contest will solicit submissions from technology startups and nonprofits that would benefit from Steadfast Networks's reliable, flexible hosting environment but have not been able to because of expenses, the downturned economy or other hardships.


Organizations interested in entering can do so via Steadfast Networks' social media initiatives on Facebook and Twitter. They can be found at http://www.facebook.com/steadfastnetworks and http://www.twitter.com/steadfastnet respectively. Submissions should be messaged directly to Steadfast Networks who will then review submissions and begin awarding credits on Cyber Monday, November 28th.


"This is the latest in our ongoing commitment to giving back to the groups that work so hard to push the envelope of progress in technology," says Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks, "$1,000 toward Steadfast Networks wide array of services will go a long way for so many companies and we're very glad we can help this holiday season."


Small business (those with 500 employees or less) account for around 50 percent of the employment opportunities in the U.S (57.4 million jobs), and firms with 100 employees or less employed 41 million people. During the 2000-2001 fiscal year––the last year statistics were measured––more than 1 million new jobs were created by small businesses. They represent 99.7 percent of all employers and employ half of all private sector employees. Steadfast Networks recognizes the importance of small businesses, startup companies and nonprofits and the major impact they have on the economy.


"The spirit of startup and grassroots technology is alive and well," explains Matt Wolff, Marketing Manager for Steadfast Networks, "many of us come from small business and nonprofit backgrounds so we understand all too well there are always some technology needs that are left unattended to due to budgets being slashed and funding being cut. At Steadfast we're going to give back to these companies and fill that need with a $1,000 credit toward new service."


Customers interested in learning more about Steadfast Networks, the Steadfast Cloud Platform or Steadfast Chicago dedicated servers are encouraged to visit http://www.steadfast.net.


More about Steadfast Networks: Founded in 1998, Steadfast Networks is a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider that focus on security, reliability, and flexibility. Find Steadfast Networks online at http://www.steadfast.net

Carry us in your pocket!

Posted in Our Customers, Software on October 12th, 2011

Managing your Steadfast Networks Cloud Server? There's an App for that!

Who's that cloud service provider with a BRAND NEW iOS APP? That would be us. We're happy to announce the release of the Steadfast Cloud Controller! It's a feat of engineering and dedication that we're very proud of. What our App does is allow you to control your Cloud server from anywhere in the world. Here's a brief list of overview features:

  • Overview of your entire Cloud installation giving disk usage, memory usage and recent log activity.
  • Virtual Machine control allowing you to startup and shutdown specific VMs in your Cloud.
  • The ability to configure and create new VMs in your Cloud

At the VM level in the App here's a small list of features:

  • Start/stop and configure the VM.
  • See VM info such as memory, CPU and disk size.
  • View logs of recent VM activity
  • Attach and view storage and disks
  • See networking statistics and much, much more.

Check out the below screenshots and go download it today!

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Thanks for reading and downloading and we'll see you all in the cloud!

The economy has been tough on everyone over the past couple years, but it now seems to have claimed a victim in the hosting industry. From everything I can tell, on September 27 Caro.net (Carolina Internet, Ltd), a Charlotte, North Carolina based Colocation provider, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Federal Bankruptcy Court, Western District of North Carolina (Case 11-32461). This was discovered in a suit to protect their assets from TW Telecom Holdings, Inc. of which you can see the full documentation here. This issue appears to have stemmed from a $3.2 million judgement against them from tw telecom (TW Telecom Holdings, Inc).

Now, I do not want to encourage Caro.net customers to make emotional decisions and immediately jump ship, as companies often come out of Chapter 11 better and stronger. While this is a shock to the industry, I want to assure our own customers that even with this economy, we still saw strong revenue growth (20%+ annually) and have continued expanding on strong financial footing.

This is a reminder to everyone that you should always have a "Plan B", a disaster recovery plan, as there is a wide array of factors that could cause instability in your hosting platform. If you need help in developing your own disaster recovery plan, please contact us for free consulting.

To clarify, Caronet Managed Hosting, Inc. is not declaring bankruptcy, but their colocation provider/vendor Carolina Internet LTD, owner of the Caro.net domain (according to WHOIS records) is.

New Carrier: Tinet

Posted in Networking on September 30th, 2011

Today we have added a new 10 GigE circuit to a new carrier, Tinet (formerly Tiscali International Network then acquired by Neutral Tandem in October of 2010) out of our Chicago facilities. This immediately expands the quality of our network by adding an additional Tier 1 carrier that can help expand our reach into Europe. Tinet has a strong history dating back to 1998 and having been founded in Italy has a very strong European presence and backbone. In addition, since being acquired by Neutral Tandem, a Chicago based company, they have also made a commitment to domestic expansion. Overall, we feel this is a very good fit into our current network blend as we already have connectivity to NTT, the largest telecommunications company in Asia, Level3, the world's largest Internet backbone (by number of users/routes), and nLayer, a very strong and nimble Tier 2 player.

CentOS 6 Now Available!

Posted in Software on September 27th, 2011

Steadfast Networks is pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS 6.0 as a supported operating system for our dedicated server and cloud offerings. We will offer continuous support for the CentOS 6 series for the entire 7 year life-cycle typical of Enterprise Linux distributions. All supported control panels: cPanel, InterWorx, DirectAdmin, and Parallels Plesk Panel are immediately and fully supported under CentOS 6. We will continue to support CentOS 5 installations as well for the duration of its life-cycle.

When CentOS 6.0 was released in July 2011, we chose to delay supporting the platform due to the lack of security updates following the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 in May. Internally, we continued to test and evaluate the release, waiting for CentOS 6.1 or some other way to obtain these security updates quickly. CentOS has now deployed a new "yum" package repository called "Continuous Release" which allows CentOS 6.0 users to obtain updates for security and stability from the upcoming 6.1 release. This package set is enabled and included by default in all our installations.

CentOS

CentOS version 6 is based on the packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and includes many benefits over previous editions in the CentOS line:

  • The fourth extended filesystem (ext4) is now the default filesystem upon installation. Compared to ext3, this filesystem is faster, more reliable, and scales to much larger volumes up to a maximum potential of 1 exabyte.
  • The Linux kernel has been updated to version 2.6.32 which includes many optimizations and improvements that should increase overall performance and stability while adding support for newer hardware and storage technology.
  • Virtualization using KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machines) is now supported in addition to Xen. KVM is integrated tightly into the kernel and can deliver better performance and reliability for virtualization.
  • Many core packages and utilities have been updated to newer versions, allowing CentOS 6 to better meet dependencies of modern hosting and automation software.

Please see the CentOS 6.0 and RHEL 6.0 release notes for more information on what's new.

CentOS 6 is now the recommended operating system for our dedicated servers and CentOS 6 templates are now available for the Steadfast Cloud Platform.

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