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BuyVM turns 10! New Stallion features launched: BGP Sessions, ISO Uploading, & 2F Authentication!

FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

Just sent this mass email out:

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Like all good parents, we forgot our child’s birthday – woops. A little over 10 years ago we took a gamble on a new product line: BuyVM. Between datacenter moves, power outages, DDOS attacks, and one too many networking configuration fat fingers, we’re still here! Thank you!

Now, onto the presents!

The past 2 months have been a development marathon for us starting with Backups & Snapshots in May/June. We’re happy to announce the availability of three new features: ISO uploading, Two Factor Authentication, and last but not least, BGP Sessions!

Automatic Backups & Snapshots

To recap the last email we sent: All KVM Slice’s in Las Vegas now support optional automatic backups. These backups run on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday with 2 weeks of backups kept. Backups can be purchased at https://my.frantech.ca by viewing your service, going to “Configurable Options”, and enabling them.

Snapshots are free to all users but have a limit of 5 per account. You can use snapshots to make a template of one VM and clone it to many others easily or have a rollback point you take before a big upgrade.

ISO Uploading

You can now upload your own ISO’s without any staff intervention inside of Stallion. All customers get 15GB of media storage with a 5GB file limit. ISO’s are automagically synchronized to all locations as well. A “share code” system also exists so sharing your ISO’s with other BuyVM users is easy and instant.

This feature is completely free for all customers with KVM based plans.

Two Factor Authentication

After countless requests and at least two change.org petitions, a TOTP based Two Factor Authentication system is available! No special apps are needed, it works perfectly with Google Authenticator, Authy, WinAuth, etc.

BGP Sessions

Have your own IP addresses that you wish to use on your KVM Slice’s? Now you can! BGP sessions are available in both Las Vegas and Luxembourg. We expect New York to be supported in a month or two when our new router arrives.

Once your ASN is approved we can register any manual prefixes you have an LOA for. All prefixes signed with RPKI for your ASN will automagically be imported. BGP communities are also available allowing you to block prefixes from being announced to certain upstreams, prepend routes, and null route IP addresses.

DDOS protection is not available at the moment but in the future, we may offer it as a fairly priced monthly cost. Past that BGP sessions are completely free and have no minimum term or setup fee. Customers just need to open a ticket with us to get their ASN approved.

I know we say it every time, but we truly mean it.

Thank you for the patronage.

Francisco

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Since some people are probably curious, here's a shot of what a BGP session looks like:

Francisco

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  • t0ny0t0ny0 Member
    edited July 13

    Happy birthday!!
    Please please please get us backups in NY sir :-)

  • NihimNihim Member

    Happy Birthday! nice features especially the snapshot!

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • _MS__MS_ Member
    edited July 13

    Happy Birthday :)

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • thedpthedp Member

    Some premium stuff right there.

    Happy Birthday BuyVM & Well Done @Francisco !

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  • Happy Birthday @Francisco be nice to see slabs in LU hint hint...

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @apidevlab said:
    Happy Birthday @Francisco be nice to see slabs in LU hint hint...

    Not my birthday, that's in October ;)

    I literally bought the drives for LU slabs right before Rona.

    Francisco

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  • XiNiXXiNiX Member, Provider

    Congratulations @Francisco !

    Thanked by 1Francisco

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  • HarambeHarambe Member

    512MB Ryzen slice = Premium Windows XP VM, thanks to the custom ISO feature :sunglasses:

    🐴 $2/mo 512MB KVM - Unmetered bandwidth. $1.25 for 256GB Block Storage - from BuyVM (aff)

  • sonicsonic Member

    @Harambe said:
    512MB Ryzen slice = Premium Windows XP VM, thanks to the custom ISO feature :sunglasses:

    THIS!
    Congrats @Francisco !!

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @Harambe said:
    512MB Ryzen slice = Premium Windows XP VM, thanks to the custom ISO feature :sunglasses:

    :|

    Francisco

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  • Congrats,you offer rock solid service!
    Many more succesfull years to come.

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • NanoG6NanoG6 Member

    Congrats BuyVM! Maybe it's time to expand the awesomeness to... Singapore? @Francisco

  • gtxrgtxr Member

    happy birthday BuyVM

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  • JasonMJasonM Member

    Happy Birthday BuyVM @Francisco
    enjoying my vm since last 1 year :)
    any presents for DA resellers of buyshared?

    Thanked by 1Francisco

    Good.Morningsmiley

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @JasonM said:
    Happy Birthday BuyVM @Francisco
    enjoying my vm since last 1 year :)
    any presents for DA resellers of buyshared?

    Ryzen soon :)

    Already got the latest node on ryzen, just have to update the others.

    Francisco

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  • hostkarhostkar Member

    @Francisco said: Have your own IP addresses that you wish to use on your KVM Slice’s?

    From where I can get that IP address?

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @hostkar said:

    @Francisco said: Have your own IP addresses that you wish to use on your KVM Slice’s?

    From where I can get that IP address?

    ARIN, RIPE, APNIC, lease it from someone :)

    All depends what you're wanting to do.

    Francisco

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  • rajatrajat Member, Provider

    Wish you very Happy Birthday. @Francisco

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  • CrabCrab Member

    Hopefully the next 10 years are even better than the last 10 years!

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • youandriyouandri Member

    Happy birthday. Btw, there are promo birthday? :)

    Thanked by 1Francisco

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  • HyperK9HyperK9 Member

    Congrats! BGP is working stable for me in LU :smile:

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • JasonMJasonM Member

    @Francisco said: Ryzen soon

    wow. thanks.

    Good.Morningsmiley

  • NyrNyr Member

    Congratulations on the anniversary. 10 years are an impressive feat anywhere in this industry, but specially in this segment.

    Props also for not offering "more of the same" and always working hard to differentiate the product from competitors.

  • ViridWebViridWeb Member, Provider

    I'm too late but congratulations World's biggest LowEndProvider.
    Now please make Stallion opensource.. :wink:

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  • Is there any chance hourly billing will happen in the future?

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @cirrus_cloud said: Is there any chance hourly billing will happen in the future?

    never say never, but as of right now we aren't planning/building it.

    Francisco

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @SnowStylez said:
    Happy to Birthday <3

    :)

    Francisco

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    And a small but useful feature I whipped up last night, you can now 'paste' on the virtual console.

    Great for those times you need to copy/paste over a ssh-key or some ridiculous password.

    Francisco

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  • HassanHassan Member, Provider
    edited July 15

    Good shit Fran :)

    Thanked by 1Francisco
  • dustincdustinc Member, Provider

    Congrats Fran! Nice features, definitely different.

    Thanked by 1Francisco

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  • niceboyniceboy Member

    Congrats! keep up the good work!

    Thanked by 1Francisco

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  • SmallWebSmallWeb Member, Provider

    @Francisco said:
    And a small but useful feature I whipped up last night, you can now 'paste' on the virtual console.

    Great for those times you need to copy/paste over a ssh-key or some ridiculous password.

    Francisco

    Hallelujah!

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @SmallWeb said: Hallelujah!

    That was basically what Anthony said :P

    Francisco

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  • Hello71Hello71 Member
    edited July 16

    how do you verify that someone else's ISO is what it claims to be? seems to me like it would be better to identify ISOs by a SHA256 hash or something. you could do accounting by splitting it into "owned" (counts towards storage quota) and "referenced" (doesn't count, but will become unavailable if all users delete that ISO), similar to the current system. there are certainly more "creative" solutions, such as splitting the cost evenly between all users referencing that ISO, but the system I outlined is no worse than the existing system for anybody.

  • berkayberkay Member

    @Hello71 said:
    how do you verify that someone else's ISO is what it claims to be? seems to me like it would be better to identify ISOs by a SHA256 hash or something. you could do accounting by splitting it into "owned" (counts towards storage quota) and "referenced" (doesn't count, but will become unavailable if all users delete that ISO), similar to the current system. there are certainly more "creative" solutions, such as splitting the cost evenly between all users referencing that ISO, but the system I outlined is no worse than the existing system for anybody.

    To be honest, even with a hash value, I’d have to have an extreme amount of trust to use a shared ISO. So while adding hash values might be a nice refinement, I don’t really see it adding trust to that system or increasing its utilization.

  • jackbjackb Member, Provider

    @Hello71 said:
    how do you verify that someone else's ISO is what it claims to be? seems to me like it would be better to identify ISOs by a SHA256 hash or something. you could do accounting by splitting it into "owned" (counts towards storage quota) and "referenced" (doesn't count, but will become unavailable if all users delete that ISO), similar to the current system. there are certainly more "creative" solutions, such as splitting the cost evenly between all users referencing that ISO, but the system I outlined is no worse than the existing system for anybody.

    To be honest I'd probably go down the route of automatically removing it when no longer mounted, no sharing.

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @jackb said: To be honest I'd probably go down the route of automatically removing it when no longer mounted, no sharing.

    We actually download the media, not do the HTTP stream stuff.

    When an ISO is shared it simply duplicates the row in the database but marks the user ID.

    When a delete happens it checks the database to see if it's the last copy of that media. if it is, it removes the file from the cluster.

    Francisco

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  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @berkay said: To be honest, even with a hash value, I’d have to have an extreme amount of trust to use a shared ISO. So while adding hash values might be a nice refinement, I don’t really see it adding trust to that system or increasing its utilization.

    Sure, it isn't a feature I see a ton of use happening on but it can help cut down on how much we're storing.

    It's something that took me an extra hour to put together, not some big investment :)

    Francisco

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  • berkayberkay Member

    @Francisco said:

    @berkay said: To be honest, even with a hash value, I’d have to have an extreme amount of trust to use a shared ISO. So while adding hash values might be a nice refinement, I don’t really see it adding trust to that system or increasing its utilization.

    Sure, it isn't a feature I see a ton of use happening on but it can help cut down on how much we're storing.

    It's something that took me an extra hour to put together, not some big investment :)

    Francisco

    Yeah, that's what I was saying basically. It's just a nice convenience to some, and to you. It shouldn't be expected to provide a fully trusted way.

  • HarambeHarambe Member

    @berkay said:

    @Francisco said:

    @berkay said: To be honest, even with a hash value, I’d have to have an extreme amount of trust to use a shared ISO. So while adding hash values might be a nice refinement, I don’t really see it adding trust to that system or increasing its utilization.

    Sure, it isn't a feature I see a ton of use happening on but it can help cut down on how much we're storing.

    It's something that took me an extra hour to put together, not some big investment :)

    Francisco

    Yeah, that's what I was saying basically. It's just a nice convenience to some, and to you. It shouldn't be expected to provide a fully trusted way.

    Why? My Windows XP SP3 ISO (share code: BRY4CWIFVRHVXRNK) and someone else's WinXP Virtio drivers cd (share code: ERSSLJPBA4VDSOZH) are legit and very trustworthy.

    ...although I claim no responsibility when your box inevitably gets popped

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  • Hey, since you offer BGP Session, do you support AS-SET?

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @YekongTAT said: Hey, since you offer BGP Session, do you support AS-SET?

    No.

    You're going to have a hard time finding providers that allow AS-SET's while on a VPS.

    Francisco

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  • @Francisco said:

    @YekongTAT said: Hey, since you offer BGP Session, do you support AS-SET?

    No.

    You're going to have a hard time finding providers that allow AS-SET's while on a VPS.

    Francisco

    It's common in Europe, but rare in the United States

    Can I add downstream prefixes?

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @YekongTAT said: Can I add downstream prefixes?

    Sure if the downstream prefixes are RPKI'd to your ASN.

    I can manually approve prefixes as needed.

    I'll think about adding AS-SET's but I'd need to do extra validation on a customer.

    Francisco

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  • @Francisco said:

    @YekongTAT said: Can I add downstream prefixes?

    Sure if the downstream prefixes are RPKI'd to your ASN.

    I can manually approve prefixes as needed.

    I'll think about adding AS-SET's but I'd need to do extra validation on a customer.

    Francisco

    We hope to support AS-SET soon. Thanks Reply!

  • Happy birthday!
    Could backup be restored or attached to other VM? It would be useful to restore only part of the files.

  • FranciscoFrancisco Top Provider

    @hiphiphip0 said:
    Happy birthday!
    Could backup be restored or attached to other VM? It would be useful to restore only part of the files.

    Backups are full drive snapshots, we don't mount a users VM and pull files out of it. Stallion doesn't support restoring backups to another VM but we can do that via ticket.

    Snapshots can be restored to another VM in the same location though!

    I've been looking for a way to 'mount' a backup as a read-only additional drive but that's going to cause issues with UUID's and all that.

    Francisco

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  • still can't get a VM here... NY always sold out. ;(

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