Coloblox Atlanta Server Colocation

Sitestash/Coloblox is pleased to announce a full line of server colocation, dedicated servers, VPS servers, and Cloud hosting is now available at our Atlanta Internet data center.

Coloblox owns and operates an Internet data center located on the north side of Atlanta at the corner of I-75 and I-285 in Smyrna. This data center specializes in colocation, dedicated servers, and cloud solutions. Built in 1998 at the height of the dot-com days, an extensive amount of fiber optic cable was installed linking us to many of the major fiber rings bordering Atlanta.

Currently Coloblox operates a Cisco powered BGP network on four diverse fiber rings from Verizon, AT&T, Zayo, and TW Telecom with additional providers transiting over the above rings. Verizon, Zayo, and TW Telecom currently offer Ethernet access options on their POP’s for Coloblox clients to connect to for secondary or redundant services.

Current Data Center Services:

  • Per U 1/6 1/4 1/2 and full colocation cabinets
  • Dell and HP Dedicated Servers For Lease
  • VMware and Xen Powered Virtual Servers
  • Openstack and VMware Cloud Hosting
  • Specialized Colocation for Apple Mac Mini and Synology Diskstation Servers
  • Enterprise Class Web & Email Hosting
  • Managed Services and Consulting
  • On-site access to TW Telecom, Verizon, Zayo, and AT&T POPs for third party services
  • DSx, OCx, PRI circuits, and over 200 strands of dark fiber available on diverse paths
  • Wireless network links available up to 1.4Gbits to nearby buildings using FCC licensed bands
  • 4,000sq/ft of roof space for wireless or satcom
  • Office space from 790sq/ft up to 25,000sq/ft

Here are some details on our internet data center:

  • Verizon, AT&T, Zayo, and TW Telecom fiber rings with on-site Points of Presence
  • Cisco powered network with bandwidth from Internap, TW Telecom, Zayo, and AT&T
  • Carrier neutral with extensive amounts of dark fiber available for future expansion
  • UPS and Diesel Generator Backup Power
  • Redundant N+1 Cooling Units
  • “Smart Facility” Monitoring Systems
  • High Definition Video Surveillance System
  • 24/7/365 Keycard Access for Clients
  • Tech lobby with phone, fax, and workstations
  • Convenient to the airport, downtown Atlanta, various hotels next door, and restaurants.
  • Facility in operation since 1998

 Call today toll free! 877.GET.BLOX

DirectAdmin Web Hosting Servers Now Run Installatron

Due to popular demand Sitestash is now deploying the Installatron software auto installer on all DirectAdmin web hosting servers.

Installatron is currently capable of automatically installing the following scripts:

Aardvark Topsites
Advanced Guestbook
Advanced Poll
Code Igniter
Contact Form
Crafty Syntax Live Help
Feed On Feeds
Flat Calendar
Continue reading “DirectAdmin Web Hosting Servers Now Run Installatron”

Easy WordPress Hosting

Due to the extreme popularity of the WordPress blog software, we are now offering to install a copy of WordPress for free for any new account signup. Any new customer of any of our shared or reseller hosting plans can request WordPress to be installed free of charge. This offer also applies to our blog hosting plan.

We will install the WordPress software package on your account, 3 add-on themes of your choice, setup the proper directory permissions for file/image uploads, and configure .htaccess for the URL rewrite.

Sitestash Now Offers Mac Mini Colocation and Dedicated Servers

mini.png Sitestash now offers colocation for your Mac Mini and Mac Mini dedicated servers for lease. With some of us at Sitestash being Mac users, we see the value in this computer as a server. We are currently offering two colocation plans and two dedicated plans. The Mac Mini colocation plans allow customers to send in a Mac Mini to be installed in our data center, and connected to the network. The Mac Mini dedicated plans allow customers to rent a Mac Mini directly from Sitestash, and also covers free hardware swaps should the system fail.

Sitestash is also offering the option to rent high capacity external hard drives, specifically the 250GB and 500GB LaCie USB/Firewire drives. This will allow both colo and dedicated Mac Minis to be of more use by adding extensive data storage.

All Mac Minis, both colo and dedicated will be connected to a remote reboot port, which allows customers to login and power cycle their Mac Mini server should it freeze or crash. In the event of a drive failure or severe OS corruption, Sitestash offers OS reloads and general technical service to get you going again. You will also receive a bandwidth graph to view the traffic usage of your Mac Mini at the network level.

If you’ve not used a Mac before or seen the virtualization software available we suggest you take a look at My First Mac and Parallels Desktop. We have Mac Mini’s running Parallels and booting several versions of Linux and even Windows XP inside of OSX, it’s proving to be a very useful tool and has great potential in a server environment.

Mac Mini Colocation and Dedicated Server Plans

Advanced Customer Portal Features at Sitestash

Sitestash has been working on an extensive network control system, which will allow customers to create firewall rules that take effect on our main network. This eliminates the need for dedicated server customers and colocation customers to install firewalls, as they are fully protected via the Sitestash firewalls on their upstream connection.

Rule sets are created, updated, and removed via the customer portal. This also prevents a user from getting locked out of their server because of a mistake in the firewall configuration. Since the rules are controlled via the customer portal, if a customer does happen to create a rule that locks them out, they aren’t locked out of the portal so the rule can easily be removed.

Another feature that may make it into the customer portal is traffic snapshots, so at at given time a customer can capture a snapshot of traffic passing to and from a selected IP block that is assigned to them. Snapshots will include information such as:

– Source Address and port
– Destination Address and port
– Protocol
– TX and RX rate

Inside the portal will be displaying rule set templates showing more advanced rules that can help protect against certain types of DoS (Denial of Service) attacks and port scanners.

We hope to have our software finished soon, so that all dedicated server and colocation customers can make use of it. There will also be NO increase in price for this service.

We at Sitestash believe this new service paired up with our future selection of premium bandwidth providers, will provide customers a very relaxing experience in managing their network and firewall features.

Note: We don’t offer this as an excuse for our customers to not run a firewall at all, you will always have more detailed customization and security by running your own firewall under ours.

IPS Explained

Building on the previous post about our IPS (Intrusion Protection System), people are curious to know how the devices work and how they make hosting no ads

We’ll start with a few random example attacks logged by one of our IPS devices:

06/25/2006 14:07:42 Gateway Anti-Virus Alert:
Netsky.P#fsg (Worm) blocked

06/25/2006 13:35:53 SYN flood attack dropped

06/25/2006 13:11:59 IPS Prevention Alert: EXPLOIT ASN.1
Remote Code Execution 2 (IIS),
SID: 2829, Priority: High

06/25/2006 05:15:03 IPS Prevention Alert: EXPLOIT
Invision Power Board <= 2.1.5
(from_contact) SQL Injection
Attack, SID: 3192, Priority: High

First lets explain the events listed above…

06/25/2006 14:07:42 Gateway Anti-Virus Alert:
Starting with the first entry we have a Netsky email worm attempting to enter our network via an infected email.

This Netsky worm spreads by sending out copies of itself as email attachment using its built-in SMTP engine. It gathers target recipients from certain files found on the affected machine, virtually turning the affected system into a propagation launch pad.

06/25/2006 13:35:53 SYN flood attack dropped
Next we have a SYN flood type attack.

A SYN Flood is a denial of service attack in which TCP connection requests are sent faster than the system can process them. This causes the memory to fill up, forcing the new connections to be ignored. This detection triggers whenever a large number of SYN packets are seen in a short period of time.

06/25/2006 13:11:59 IPS Prevention Alert: EXPLOIT ASN.1
Next on the list we have an attempted Windows Server Exploit.

A security vulnerability exists in the Microsoft ASN.1 Library that could allow code execution on an affected system. The vulnerability is caused by an unchecked buffer in the Microsoft ASN.1 Library, which could result in a buffer overflow.

An attacker who successfully exploited this buffer overflow vulnerability could execute code with system privileges on an affected system. The attacker could then take any action on the system, including installing programs, viewing data, changing data, deleting data, or creating new accounts with full privileges.

06/25/2006 05:15:03 IPS Prevention Alert: EXPLOIT
And last on the list we have an Invision Power Board forum exploit attempt.

Invision Power Board is vulnerable to a remote SQL injection attack. An exploit has been published, which allows an attacker to extract a password hash from the forum’s data base of any registered user. An attacker may then unset his cookies used by the forum – and pass the obtained hash and corresponding target User ID, authenticating himself to the server as an arbitrary user.

Intrusion Protection Systems are in place to continuously look at the data stream coming into our network, they are pre-programmed and updated “on the fly” to detect signatures of known exploits and either warn or block them based on a predefined threat level. When a remote device creates a malicious attempt on our network, the traffic has to pass through an IPS device. As the traffic goes into the IPS it rapidly scans the data stream, and makes the decision to block or allow the traffic based on its database of malicious signatures. If the data is found to be malicious it is blocked and logged before it reaches the server.

While we cannot disclose the total amount of malicious items we scan for, we can however state that we have well over 20,000 malicious signatures in our IPS databases. Those signatures include server/software exploits, email worms/viruses, and some forms of spyware. That number does not include the malicious signature databases used by our provider’s IPS devices.

The entire detection process takes place in real-time and shows no noticeable lag on the data connection to the server. All Sitestash hosting servers are protected by IPS systems, dedicated server and co-location customers have access to IPS/Firewall protected bandwidth by request.