An attacker is trying to target Gandi's Simple Hosting services with a distributed denial of service. Our teams are mitigating the attack. Service speed may be affected. 


Update 19:25 CEST We filtered a web hos who was slow to respond to our requests to stop the attackers. The rest of the world can use Simple Hosting normally again. 

We are encountering some technical problems with some Simple Hosting instances. Our team is working on fixing the issue.

Please do not try to restart your instances. We will provide more information on this incident here.


15:20 CEST : some virtual machine disks were impacted

15:40 CEST : the problem is fixed, the situation will slowly be returning to normal for the affected virtual machines

We are encountering some problems with an IaaS storage unit. Please do not try to restart your machines. We will provide more information on this below.


11:55 : the service is now operating in degraded mode. We will need to change a piece of equipment.

We experience a high delay on one web accelerator plugged on the SimpleHosting instances.

Our technical team is investigating currently.


The PaaS/SimpleHosting instances are running well. Do not reboot your instances in the meantime please.


UPDATE 12.30 : it was related to a DoS, coming from one of our instance. Sorry for the inconvenience this issue may have caused to you.

We will be performing a scheduled maintenance on the Gandi Blog database from midnight to 01:00, Paris time (22:00-23:00 GMT) during the night of 23-24 April 2013.

The Blogs will be unreachable during the maintenance.

Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

EDIT : 01:08 CEST : maintenance ended

An issue is ongoing on DNS resolvers on the hosting platform.


The technical team is analyzing and fixing the issue currently.

Do not reboot your VPS.


Update 17:30 : two system administrators are going on site, the rest of the team is triying to restart the DNS resolvers remotely and spawn new DNS resolvers in the meantime.


Update 17.35 : one DNS resolver is now working again. You can use :





Update 17.45 : the two mostly used DNS resolvers are working again.

We suffer from a DDoS attack on the IaaS Hosting platform on the Paris/FR datacenter.


The technical team is currently mitigating the attach and trying to solve the encountered issue.

4 physical nodes have been impacted by the attack.



UPDATE : End of the issue around 2PM. The technical team did restart the physical nodes and the concerned VMs properly. The attack has been mitigated and is analyzed more precisely now.


UPDATE : a IaaS/PaaS storage unit will be rebooted in the next minutes, for safety reaons because of a few disks which are blocked. The reboot operation will take 20 minutes approximately. there is no need to reboot or stop/start your VPS or SH instance, the I/O will be delayed and will catch up once the filer is restarted. We do the necessary operations on our side. Sorry for the inconvenience this issue may cause to you.


UPDATE : the reboot operation took less than 10 minutes, the I/O recovered within 5 minutes, the operations are still halted but will be restarted in the next minutes once all is clear.


UPDATE : hosting operations are now restarted, the situation is back to normal.


1. Pre-reserve a new gTLD domain at Gandi
2. Trademark protection with the new gTLDs
3. Big promotion on .PW
4. New Simple Hosting instance: node.js / PgSQL
5. Recap of current promotions

Spring is springing in the Northern Hemisphere, and while our
Australian customers prepare for Fall, the US and Europe are
getting ready to enjoy a return to sunshine and warm weather.
As the natural clouds thin and dissipate, Gandi's cloud computing
is rushing in to fill the gap. We are launching a new cloud instance
in beta test mode, a node.js/PgSQL Simple Hosting family! Combine
this with the recently announced Git support, and you have a
super-easy way to deploy dynamic web applications on reliable,
fast, and predictable infrastructure.

There is action on the domain name side too, with 2013 set to be the
year that ICANN fulfills the promise of the new gTLD releases.
Gandi is offering you the chance to get your request in line for the
domains you want to register with these new extensions, with our
pre-reservation system. There are over 40,000 already reserved! Now
we are also offering trademark protection for these extensions through
TradeMark Clearinghouse.

If you want to get a new domain on a new extension, you don't
need to wait! The .PW extension is live now, and we are making
it super easy with a promotional price of just $4 (€3, or £2.75) excl. VAT per .PW domain.

1. Pre-book a new gTLD domain at Gandi

Now you can pre-book the domains you want to register with the
upcoming batch of Top-Level Domain names. We have a registration
system online

We have listed 576 extensions that have so far not been blocked or
otherwise prevented from getting released.
We left out Internationalized special-character extensions
(IDN gTLDs) as these are of interest only to small numbers of
localized registrants. We included all of those we considered
to be popular in some way, to make sure we meet the most possible
demand. All pre-bookings you make are free, and will guarantee you
a chance at registering when the TLDs concerned open.
This is also a good way to keep abreast of developments in the
market, since we will be notifying you about any domains you pre-book.
For more information about how this works on our site, see here.

2. Trademark protection with the new gTLDs

With any new extension comes concerns about trademarks, brands, and
intellectual property. ICANN anticipated this, of course, and so for
the new gTLDs, there is a system in place to centralize the
management of these concerns. This aptly named "TradeMark Clearinghouse"
will be in charge of managing documentation related to
trademarks, and making them available for anyone involved in the
registration of new extensions. This will result in significant
simplification of the process, and help to reduce the costs associated
with verification, especially for those who wish to register domains
with several extensions. It will also provide a monitoring system, to
alert you when someone else registers your domain name with a different
Obviously, this service comes with a fee. Our corporate team has
developed an interesting offer for you to take advantage of, if you need
it. See here for more information.

3. Big promotion on .PW

Opening for registration at the end of last month .PW is now being
offered for a stunningly low price of just $4 (€3, or £2.75) excl. VAT for new, one-year
This domain is quite popular, and its use to denote "password" or
"pro-web" is catching on. If you want to join the fun, you have until
early June (or about the same time as winter ends in Europe this year!).
See here for more on this.

4. New Simple Hosting instance: node.js / PgSQL

A new kind of instance is now available (in beta for the moment).
This time we are making an instance dedicated to developers using
node.js. We are offering this with the PostegreSQL database to start
with, but will later add support for MongoDB, for those 10gen fans out
there. In the meantime, if you want to test it out and give us feedback,
you are welcome to! Our wiki page on this new instance family can be
found here.

5. Recap of current promotions

Here's a quick recap of promotions currently underway on Domain names at

- The .ASIA extension is available for $10.00 (€8, or £7.50) excl. VAT for creation of new
domains for a year. This promotion is valid until April 30 2013. More on this promo here.

- The .IN extension is on special until the end of the year: 50% off
for any new registration for from 1 to 5 years, regardless
of your pricing level. More on this page.

- The .MX extension offers the same class of special promotion, ie 50%
off on new registrations for from 1 to 5 years, but only in the month of
April. Learn more here.

So dear reader, as always we want to hear from you. Send us your
suggestions, comments, praise, criticism, and witticism. We read what
you send to with interest.


Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director

PS: To subscribe or unsubscribe from this newsletter, just change the Newsletter
setting in your Gandi account (see how).

A nice treat for lovers of Asian domain names, and those of you who usually spell Gandi with an "h": 50% off .IN domain names!

Seriously, though, from April 2nd until the end of the year, you can get 50% off on the creation of new .IN domain names, for up to 5 years! That means a lot of value for you, our customer. Why not future-proof your new domain today?


Want to register a .IN ? :


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