SUMMARY: A GLANCE
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1. git now available in Beta on Gandi Simple Hosting
2. A new version of BaseKit is ready to roll
3. Launch of the .PW extension
4. New gTLD extensions: what you need to know
5. Rate increase at the Registries
6. A reminder of our current promotions
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It's almost spring, though winter is visiting Europe once again for a last hurrah. Gandi has some updates for you to get you through the remaining dark days...
The git tool is now available on Gandi Simple Hosting, making the beta testers happy and rubbing their hands with anticipation of super easy code and content management. If that doesn't warm your heart, how about a new version of Basekit? Lots of cool things there, and we are also launching a new extension, .PW. For your viewing pleasure, we are making a nice preview of some gTLDs (a whole lot of them are on the way), and even letting you pre-select the ones you want. For a cold, hard reality that is not yet upon us, there is a price increase on the way for some popular extensions (though thankfully not for .COM).


1. git available on Beta Hosting Simple
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git is a code and file management tool well known to many web developers. This tool allows you to do version management on your code, revert easily to prior versions, merge code, fork, and collaborate. It's available right now, in beta test in the Paris data center. Anyone can start an instance there, so no reason to wait! To learn more about using git on your instances, click here.


2. A new version of BaseKit is ready to roll
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We are rolling out a new Gandi Basekit version this week, with new and improved templates, easier upgrades and better management screens. If you had been wanting to try Basekit, check it out now!  Here are some features we have added


3. Launch of the .PW extension

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.PW is the official extension of Palau, in Micronesia, with a little more
20,000 inhabitants. Most geeks (like us) think of "password" when we see the .PW at the end of a domain, but you could also think "Pro-Web", as in a professional working online. So if you are a Web marketing professional from Palau, or a geek sporting a beard, or both, you need to know that the official opening of this extension is on March 25th, and everyone is welcome to register. If you want to pre-registrer your .PW domains at Gandi,  just log in to your Gandi account, and register now! Prices for a .PW start at $15.00 (read more).



4. New extensions: you need to know
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Did you know that 2000 new extensions will be created over the next two years by ICANN? From .PARIS to .FOO (not to mention .FUN), registrations will multiply and domain names abound! Although many extensions will soon be forgotten after 15 minutes of fame, many will be imprinted permanently in the Internet landscape.

 

As always with this sort of thing, excluding the protection afforded to brand names, it is the law of first come, first served. Currently, estimates of the availability dates for the first extensions are leaning towards September. However, the registries do not yet know the conditions, nor the rates, for granting registrations.

 

That's why, starting at the end of the month, Gandi is offering pre-registration! This will allow you to choose among the extensions you are interested in and place free reservation orders. You'll be kept up to date regarding the selected extensions and can, if you wish, turn them into final orders when the time comes to decide.


5. Rate increase at the Registries
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Price increase? Yes, as we had announced last year, several major gTLDs ( namely .NET .ORG, .INFO, .BIZ and .NAME) will increase in price this summer. Interestingly, .COM will not increase, because the U.S. government did not authorize a price hike. We are, unfortuneatly, going to have to pass on this increase to our customers, and so these domains will end up more expensive by $0.51 to $0.78. For full details, dates and prices, see here.



6. Reminder of our current promotions
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Here's a little reminder of the promotions we are currently running on domain names:
- The .ASIA extension is available for $10.00 for creation of new domains for a year. This promotion is valid until April 30 2013 (read more).

- The .ME (for Montenegro) extension is 25% off, for creation of new domains at all price levels. Valid until the end of March. See here for more.


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 newsletter-en@gandi.net with interest.

Sincerely,
Nicolas Lhuillery
Product Director
gandi.net

PS: To subscribe from this newsletter, just change the Newsletter setting in your Gandi account.


Our version of BaseKit has just been updated, from v61 to v72. There is a big improvement in useability. You will also see many new themes, and you now have the possibility of globally changing languages (French, English, Spanish), as well as your themes "on the fly". The interface is easier to work with, more intuitivie, and responds faster than the previous version. It's a real pleasure to work with.

 

The other big improvement with regard to this version is that we will soon be able to provide the "Mobile" option of BaseKit. This will arrive in a few weeks, which will give us time to prepare a quickstart guide for you.

No action on your part is necessary to migrate to the new version. When you log into your site to edit it, you will see that your interface has been automatically updated. Your site will not be changed, but the new features will be available.

 

Small bonus: if you would like to create a new BaseKit website or upgrade your existing BaseKit website to a larger package, enter the code BK20 in the "promo code" field at checkout to get a 20% discount on your purchase. This promo code only works with creations/upgrades that are annual subscriptions. This promo code expires on April 14th.



We will be performing major network upgrades to our backbone network in Paris during the night of 23-24 March 2013.  

 

The purpose of this work is to replace our current (aging) backbone network routers with newer generation equipment allowing for increased capacity, performance and resilience.  During this time, all Gandi services in Paris will experience brief periods of network unavailability and/or instability as the migration proceeds.

 

This activity will not impact the individual Gandi services themselves, but rather only the network connectivity between the internet and those services.  As a result, there will be no need for hosting customers to restart their IaaS or PaaS servers/instances.  Services in our Baltimore datacentre will not be directly affected by this maintenance, but some periods of routing instability and reconvergence may be experienced, though these will be far less prevalent than for the Paris services.

 

This migration will commence at 01:30 CET (00:30 GMT) on Sunday 24 March 2013, and we estimate between 10 and 15 minutes of major network outage during the initial migration, followed by a number of brief periods of network instability during the remainder of the migration.  The entire migration activity should last approximately 90 minutes, but no more than two hours.

Operations will be ended at 05:00 AM CET (04:00 AM GMT).

 

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

EDIT 03:08 AM CET : maintenance ended


We are encountering a network issue, affecting mostly IPv6, some physical nodes are impacted by this first network issue.

 

Our technical teams are in the Paris, FR datacenter currently and do the necessary operations.

 

UPDATE: We have resolved the issue, and all services are back to normal. The network team is analyzing the cause. 


Git is now available for you to push and upload your code to your Simple Hosting website. The system is currently in beta testing (to evaluate the load), and is reserved to instances in the Paris datacenter (we are waiting for machines to arrive at the Baltimore datacenter).

You can access it via the Access table on your Instance's management page. Complete information is available in our wiki at http://wiki.gandi.net/en/simple/git


Some Simple Hosting instances are currently unreachable. Our technical staff is currently working to identify the issue. It is not necessary to restart your instance. Further updates will be provided here shortly.

Edit : situation back to normal


We will be carrying out maintenance our online documentation at http://wiki.gandi.net today between 14:00 and 15:00 Paris time. Consequently, the interface will not be available during this period.


Following an incident that occurred during an update, some Simple Hosting websites stopped responding correctly (they display an error message). We have identified the problem and are correcting it at this time. It is neither necessary nor recommended that you reboot your instance.

We will post more information here when we have an update for you.

The following updates are in CET for February 19, 2013:

13:08 The origin of the problem has been found, we are verifying the solution and will apply it shortly

13:14 The operation is still in progress. 25% of the platform is impacted.

13:44 The script did not work. We are correcting it and testing it on several instances before launching it for all the others. We can confirm that no data has been lost.

14:25 The script works. We are applying it to all of the instances affected. This will take about one hour before all of them are fixed.

15:53 The update is taking longer than expected. Estimated time to resolution is 16:50-17:00. 

 

Incicent resolved. There are the technical details:

The affected instances are all now restarted. Any residual issues we will handle on a case-by-case basis. The deployment of a migration script failed, and all Simple Hosting instances were affected. A configuration change that should have been applied on the next restart was instead applied directly to the Apache service, and the logs were rotated. In parallel, an automatic recovery was executed on the instances in the middle of a migration. The end result was that the instances were started with a partial update applied. Consequently, for us to correct this problem, we had to stop the majority of the instances, and determine which were in an inconsistent state. We then restarted the instances, and forced the migration of the incompletely updated systems. This took longer than expected, which is why our initial recovery estimates were inaccurate. No data was lost during this incident, and your instance should be fully functional.

Please kindly accept our apologies for this incident. This week, we will be discussing how to ensure that this never happens again in this way.


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