Updating the VDS line!


Since the first article about VDS on Habré, we have successfully completed the launch of the service , gained vast experience in providing the service and presented several new products that we want to talk about.

Processor cores

In our new pools, we started using Intel Xeon E5 processors. They are 50% more powerful than previous processors. This means that now you are available one and a half times more productive VDS for the same price (billing is in processor cores)!

Switching to new generation processors allowed using 4-channel memory, the throughput of which is almost 2 times more than the previous type of memory!

SSD drives

After starting VDS, it became obvious that the disk subsystem is the weakest link. Therefore, for the new virtual servers, we began to use the storage completely on SSD disks. It's expensive, but much faster!

Prices for customers for the service with the transition to SSD do not change.

Mail has appeared.

The users of our shared hosting are used to the fact that the e-mail service is part of the main service and do not even think about the fact that it can be provided separately.

Those of our customers who started using VDS often ask us a question - how to post mail. They are ready to administer web services, know how to configure NGINX and Apache for themselves, and are able to scale the load. But mail is a completely different matter, which is why we invited our customers to use our powerful mail cluster.

As part of the VDS update, we have added an email service. Now you can connect mail for management through a single panel with a single click. And creating and configuring boxes has become very simple.

As part of mailbox management, you have access to various TIMEWEB mailbox functions. In addition, for working with mail you can use our webmail, announced in December .

Map binding

We all know very well that payment by plastic card is one of the most convenient payment methods. We decided to simplify the payment for the service by introducing regular automatic payment, it’s convenient.

If you are allowed to withdraw money from your card automatically, then upon reaching a certain threshold - the money will be debited to pay for the next month of work. You will receive SMS and email about the completed operation.

However, we do not store your credit card details. The payment system simply repeats a successfully completed payment with a new amount, which ensures the maximum degree of protection for your personal data.

VDS Cloning

For our customers building highly loaded solutions on dozens of virtual servers, we have prepared the ability to clone VDS. This feature allowed us to reduce the time required to scale the cluster. Now you can copy several virtual machines and, having made the necessary changes to the server configuration, immediately include them in the cluster. Deploying scalable systems has become much easier.

Automatically create snapshots

What could be more tedious of manually creating snapshots daily? =) We have automated the backup process. Now you can configure the number of copies and the frequency of backups. You are reliably protected from possible failures.

We significantly reduced the prices for snapshots. Now storage of 1 Gigabyte will cost you only 4 rubles.

CD download and single-user download

One of the first features that we introduced after the previous announcement. It allows you to carry out a number of operations that are impossible in the normal download mode. Here is a short list of the main tasks that this opportunity solves:

  • root password change;
  • resize the main disk;
  • system recovery after a failure;
  • checking the root file system.

Updated OS set

We analyzed the popularity of installing operating systems on VDS and made a number of replacements. Rarely used operating systems, such as Scientific linux, were removed and new, more popular ones were added (Ubuntu 12.10, Fedora 18).


Since the launch of the service, there have been many requests for API provision. This was in our plans, so we were glad to be engaged in its development. The API works on the principle of POST requests, which makes it easy to write requests in any programming language.

API documentation is available at: help.timeweb.ru/api

Service user documentation

We expanded the service documentation to include the most common VDS usage scenarios, some new operations that became possible in the updated panel (for example, resizing the main disk), as well as the traditional FAQ, which will help answer common questions.

Development and plans

We do not rest on our laurels and continue to work on improving the VDS service. Follow the announcements on our website and in the blog on Habré.

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