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Tilaa launches new website tilaa.com

Dutch cloud hosting provider Tilaa launches its new website today. With tilaa.com, the Iaas supplier makes the world of VPS hosting even more transparent.

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Microarchitectural Data Sampling - New Intel vulnerability

Intel disclosed a new set of leaks and associated patch on 14 May. The new leaks are called Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS). MDS, also referred to as ZombieLoad, is a security vulnerability...

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Changed opening hours during the Dutch national holidays

Due to upcoming Dutch national holidays in 2019, we would like to inform you that our office we will be closed on the following days:

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5 reasons why you need to switch to the cloud

More and more organizations are migrating their hardware and software entirely or partially to the cloud. Why are they switching to cloud hosting? And what are the key benefits? 

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10 years of Tilaa in one peek

Tilaa is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. A wonderful occasion to look back on the past decade and see what we have accomplished. Now, we can talk for hours about all the amazing things we have...

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New Year new us!

Only last week did we take a look at last year, what happened and what we have done. In this blog we look forward into the new year! What plans do we have and where will we put our focus on?

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Looking back on 2018

The new year has officially started. You’ve turned off your first alarm this year, made a fresh cup of coffee and switched on your computer. New Year’s wishes have been exchanged with your coworkers...

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Changed opening hours during the holidays

Due to upcoming holidays, we would like to inform you that we will be closed on Christmas Day (Tuesday December 25th) and Boxing Day (Wednesday December 26th 2018). In addition, our office will also...

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Please meet: Esther Burns

In the more than two years that Esther has been with Tilaa, she has developed to more than just the Executive Assistant and she is one of the special and silent forces behind Tilaa. But who is Esther...

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Tilaa PCI certified for another year

Tilaa has been awarded certification for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS 3.2) for the fourth year in a row. PCI-DSS is the international standard for security in storing and...

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Changed opening hours

Due to upcoming Dutch national holidays in 2018, we would like to inform you that our office we will be closed on the following days:

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Changed opening hours during the holidays

Due to upcoming holidays, we would like to inform you that we will be closed on Christmas Day (Monday December 25th) and Boxing Day (Tuesday December 26th 2017). In addition, our office will also be...

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Big Disk

A solid and affordable product. Data calls for ever increasing storage. Were we once delighted with a 1.44 MB floppy, the current disk space of a VPS at Tilaa these days is 80 GB, which is the...

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Please meet Pascal Scheepers

We would like to introduce you to Pascal Scheepers, Senior Developer at Tilaa. Pascal is with his 25 years the Benjamin of the group. Pascal started working for our development team in January of...

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Tilaa once again successfully ISO and PCI certified

This year we have once again been awarded the certificates for PCI DSS 3.2, ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015 and we successfully passed the annual audit. Safety and security are highly valued at...

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Tilaa is FD Gazelle 2017

We are delighted to let you know that Tilaa is FD Gazelle. The financial newspaper ‘Het Financieele Dagblad’, part of the FD Mediagroup and initiator of the FD Gazellen Awards, elects the 754 fastest...

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A day at the Tilaa support desk

At Tilaa we have automated our processes as much as possible, so you, our customer, can order and set up a VPS 24/7. To guarantee availability of our platform and therefore top quality, a team of...

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The educational mismatch with our future

IT is present everywhere and is no longer reserved for the tech savvy ones only. The number of webshops and apps is increasing daily and the majority of them are built by the industry itself. New...

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Changed business hours

Due to upcoming Dutch national holidays, we would like to inform you that we are closed on the following days:

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New configurator features

To make it even easier to deploy our services we made some changes to our configurator. The main change is that you do not need to contact the support desk if you want to order Managed Back-up or...

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Tilaa now offers pfSense

Since we saw a growing demand for pfSense, we have decided to provide pfSense 2.3.3 on our platform. As of today you can install pfSense on a VPS which you can utilize for several features. You can,...

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The most important reasons why you want to work at Tilaa!

Tilaa has been founded in 2008 to become the new IaaS quality standard. And you can be a part of that as we are looking for new Technical Support Engineers. This position is the ideal combination...

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New and improved Managed Back-up

We are always looking to further improve our products, in order to offer you the best quality possible! Therefore, we released an update of our Managed Back-up product, with some new hot features...

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Changed business hours during the holidays

Due to the holidays we would like to inform you that we are closed on Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016. We will of course continue with our 24/7 platform monitoring support in case of...

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Tilaa is FD Gazelle 2016 and has achieved 38th place in the Deloitte Technology Fast50 ranking.

On 13 October 2016 the Deloitte Technology Fast50 awards were presented during a festive evening in Amsterdam. Tilaa has reached 38th place in the ranking list with an overall growth rate of 313%.

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Tilaa also certified for NEN 7510 and ISAE 3402

Hosting provider Tilaa BV has been awarded certifications for ISAE3402 and NEN 7510. The annually recurring audits for PCI DSS, ISO27001 and ISO 9001 have been concluded successfully as well. 

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Tilaa joined the speedtest.net platform.

We’ve just added a public server on the speedtest.net platform. The speedtest software is running on a SSD VPS at our Amsterdam datacenter and has 20Gbit of connectivity. The server is available on...

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Green, greener, greenest: Tilaa is dev partner of The green web foundation

For years Tilaa has been a green cloud-hosting provider, helping companies to achieve their CSR targets. Sometimes we are nicely recognized for that, like in the blog by Creative Local Solutions. Now...

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1 April: AaaS.tilaa.com

Ofcourse you all unmasked the AaaS post as an April fool’s joke, but the new service ‘Fobbing off as a Service’ remains available for everyone. We received a lot of great reactions; some surprised...

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Now available: AaaS!

We are proud to announce that our new service is live! We call it AaaS: Afschepen as a Service, meaning ‘Fobbing off as a Service’. Telemarketers inspired us to to develop this unique way to quickly...

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Metadata service is live

We have just officially launched our (EC2 compatible) metadata service.

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Recurring payments for Sofort banking and Giropay

We recently added Giropay and Sofort banking to the range of payment options at Tilaa and now we also support recurring payments with these payment methods. With this expansion we aim to increase our...

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Modified opening hours

In December and January we will have modified opening hours:

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PayPal recurring payments now supported!

As of today it’s possible to authorize Tilaa to use a PayPal account for recurring payments by creating a so-called billing agreement. A lot of customers requested this feature over the years.

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New payment options: Sofort banking, Giropay and Bancontact/MrCash

We already supported a wide range of payment options: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, iDEAL and PayPal. However, in some cases this was still insufficient: Some clients simply don’t have a credit...

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Two factor authentication and session management

We have just deployed a new set of features to improve the security of your Tilaa account:

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Plan and pricing changes

The hosting landscape is constantly evolving. An increasing amount of companies are transitioning to the cloud, virtualization techniques are becoming more efficient, SSD storage is becoming cheaper,...

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OpenBSD 5.7 images available

A couple of days ago we have put OpenBSD support in production!

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VENOM vulnerability impact

We’ve received a lot of inquiries in the past 24 hours about the impact of the so-called venom vulnerability (also known as CVE-2015-3456) on the Tilaa platform, where a vulnerability in the FDC...

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Improved abuse handling

Until today we’ve always manually handled abuse complaints received by our support team, such as spam complaints, copyright infringements notices and hacked websites from unsuspecting clients.

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Modified opening hours

The Tilaa support desk will be closed on the following Dutch national holidays:

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Tilaa now offers openSUSE images

For a long time, one missing distribution in our selection has been openSUSE. Well, not anymore since as of today we have images available for openSUSE 13.2 in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

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Modified opening hours December and January

In December and January we will have modified opening hours:

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Tilaa acquires two ISO-certificates and PCI-DSS accreditation.

The Tilaa cloud complies with all requirements for quality management, information security and credit card security.

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CentOS 7 is available

Last monday, the CentOS project released the 64-bit version of CentOS-7.

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Now available: Multiple server snapshots

Today we announce the general availability of server snapshots. A snapshot is a consistent point-in-time copy of the disk of your Tilaa VPS, which can be used for disaster recovery, cloning or as a...

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General availability of the Tilaa API

We’re proud to announce that as of today we provide an easy to use RESTful API, which can be used to list, order, resize/reinstall, manage and cancel virtual machines (VPS) on the Tilaa platform! The...

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Roles and permissions

Over the years we’ve had several requests from customers for a finer grained permission system. More specifically, customers wanted to be able to separate account privileges between technical and...

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Windows 2012 R2 available

Microsoft released Windows 2012 R2 on October the 17th. We now have an image available for the Standard edition.

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Billing changes

Flexible billing periods Until yesterday we’ve always worked with monthly billing. This means that each of our customers received one invoice each month for subscription fees of the upcoming month....

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Overview of network changes

In the past 6 months we did a major network overhaul. In this post we’ll outline a couple of the improvements we made and the things we’ve done to enable future growth of the Tilaa network.

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Tilaa starts project for ISO9001, ISO27001 and PCI-DSS certification

Tilaa wants to underline that it’s taking data security and quality insurance very seriously. That why we’ve started a project to certify for ISO 27001 (Information security) , PCI-DSS (Payment...

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New product: Native SSD VPS

We’re proud to announce that as of today we offer virtual private servers with native SSD storage! This new product is especially useful in case you require exceptional I/O performance, such as for...

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Relined launches point-of-presence at TDCG, Tilaa first using customer

Press release:

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Fedora 19 images available

Fedora 19, alias Schrödinger’s Cat, was just released. More info about what’s new in F-19 can be found in the release notes.

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Unlimited data traffic!

Over the last few years the cost of internet traffic (both transit and peering) and high bandwidth routing and switching technology has been steadily decreasing. Broadband connections are becoming...

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New feature: html5 based video display

We spent a bit of time lately on freshening up our website and Dashboard. Those of you who use a laptop with a Retina display will notice that it looks a bit, well, sharper. Next on our list of...

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Rescue mode

We’ve just implemented a much requested feature, the ability to boot your VPS from a rescue cd. The rescue environment is based on SystemRescueCD

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Debian 7.0 (Wheezy) images now available

The new stable Debian release, 7.0 (Wheezy) was announced yesterday. We have the 64bit and 32bit images already available. This release includes a newer kernel (3.2), PHP 5.4 and MySQL 5.5 among...

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Improved telephone support

It’s (again) been a long time since our last blog post. Needless to say we’ve been extremely busy helping new and existing clients and generally improving our services and support. There are some...

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Modified opening hours and billing run

During the next week we will have slightly modified opening hours:

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New ArchLinux images

I’ve just uploaded new Archlinux images based on the 2012.12.01 iso

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Significant price reduction!

We are proud to announce that we’re introducing a significant price reduction for our virtual private servers, effective immediately! Our new pricing is available for both new and existing customers.

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IPv6 is now fully supported!

I’m on a blogging spree today, so I might as well announce that we now fully support IPv6!

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PayPal support and other changes

PayPal support

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Network improvements

The last 6 months we have made some notable improvements to our network. We thought you might appreciate some background information.

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Tilaa now supports Windows 2012.

As of today Tilaa supports fully automated provisioning of the recently released 2012 edition of Microsoft Windows. You can now also order a Windows 2012 VPS through our VPS configurator. Some...

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Tilaa is an AMS-IX member!

We’re proud to announce that as of yesterday we are a member of the AMS-IX (AMSterdam Internet eXchange), the second largest internet exchange on the planet (measured by traffic)!

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Leapseconds

As some of you might know last night at midnight UTC a leap second was inserted.

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New Transit provider - NTT

As of today the Tilaa network is directly connected to the NTT network. With the addition of NTT, Tilaa has lower network latencies, especially towards Asia and the United States. NTT guarantees an...

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FreeBSD 8.3 and 9.0 images

We now have images for FreeBSD 8.3 and FreeBSD 9.0 available.

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Ubuntu Precise Pangolin released

Yesterday Ubuntu announced their new long term support (LTS) release, with the codename Precise Pangolin. We have images available in 64-bit and 32-bit variants.

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Tilaa is supporting software appliances

We’re proud to announce the support of software appliances on our platform.

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New website online

Today we’ve launched our new website with a new look and feel, a new logo and lots of new content and features!

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Lower pricing for Windows, cPanel and DirectAdmin licenses

We’re happy to announce a big price decrease for the available control panel licenses on the Tilaa platform.

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Virtual private networks now in private beta!

A while ago we did a blog post about working towards virtual private networks. Today we can announce that we’ve reached a point where we can provide this feature to select customers in a private beta...

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Our highly available NFS storage is available!

We’re proud to announce that as of today we offer highly available NFS storage to all our customers on our Haarlem site!

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Our managed backup service is live!

It has taken us a while, but we’re proud to finally be able to provide both on-site and off-site backup services to our customers! Our backup solution is based on rsnapshot, which we’ve been using...

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Fedora 16

Yesterday the Fedora Project announced the release of Fedora 16 (Verne). This version contains a lot of new and interesting features, have a look at the release notes. Tilaa has both 32bit and 64bit...

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Updated Windows 2008 images

Today we’ve updated the Windows Server 2008 images available on the Tilaa platform. Tilaa offers Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as Web, Standard and Enterprise edition. All hot fixes and patches provided...

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Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot available

Yesterday the latest version (11.10) of Ubuntu was announced, and we already have the images available. To see what’s new in the release named Oneiric Ocelot, have a look at the release notes

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Tilaa is supporting Gentoo!

One of the requests from our last customer survey was support for Gentoo.

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Scientific Linux 6.1 available

We’ve just enabled a new version on Scientific Linux. From now on it’s possible to start a server with Scientific Linux 6.1 in 32 bit and 64 bit on the Tilaa platform.

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3rd datacenter live! IP failover possible between sites.

Tilaa is proud to announce opening a 3rd location! As of today you can choose between three different sites: Schiphol, Haarlem and our new site in Amsterdam!

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CentOS 6 images

CentOS 6 was released just hours ago, but we already have images available.

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Towards virtual private networks!

Ever since we started with Tilaa, each virtual machine has had a public and a private network interface by default. This was hard-coded in our infrastructure. As time went by, we realized there are...

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Billing code feature update

We’ve made some improvements to our billing code, some of which have been requested lots of times by our customers over the last year:

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We now support Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) with DirectAdmin

From now on it’s possible to order DirectAdmin in combination with Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) on the Tilaa platform. Both 32-bits and 64-bits images are available.

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Fedora 15 images now available!

On May 24th Fedora 15 (Lovelock) was released and we now have our images for deploying Fedora 15 on a Tilaa VPS ready! As usual, we have 32 and 64bits versions available.

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Important network changes on our Haarlem site!

On May 30th, between 0:00AM and 2:00AM CEST we’re going to put our two new shiny routers into production and will start routing our network traffic through our own AS (196752) on our primary site...

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New distribution - Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

A few days ago Ubuntu 11.04, codename Natty Narwhal, was released. We’ve tested Natty Narwhal, and we’re glad to announce that the images are now available on our platform for automatic provisioning,...

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Updates for April

Here’s a little update on what we’ve been working on lately:

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Tilaa's turns 2! - Big RAM and storage upgrade

We are celebrating our 2 year anniversary in April. Two years ago we’ve started developing our platform with just a couple of servers in private beta. Today we are hosting hundreds of virtual servers...

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Updates for February: Billing and backups

It’s been a bit quiet on our blog for the last month. That doesn’t mean we’ve been doing nothing. Actually, we’ve been so busy that we kind of forgot to update our blog :) So here’s a short overview...

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Results customer survey

If you are a customer of Tilaa you received an invitation to fill in our customer survey. Because we are open minded we like to share the results with you.

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Second datacenter is live!

As of today you now have a choice between two different sites to provision your virtual private servers. In addition to our main Amsterdam datacenter you can now select our CO2/carbon neutral...

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Limited opening hours

On the following dates Tilaa will be closed for generic support and sales inquiries:

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FreeBSD update

At http://blog.tilaa.nl/2010/09/we-now-support-freebsd-81-release.html, my colleague Dennis wrote that there was an issue with shutting down your FreeBSD VPS.

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Tilaa goes multi site

We’re happy to announce that we’re opening a new site in the near future. The data center we’re going to use is CO2 neutral. Of course that was not the only reason why we’ve selected this location....

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Tilaa on social media

As of now you can find Tilaa on Twitter, Facebook and Hyves. Join us to get the latest info about Tilaa.

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Ubuntu Maverick released

Today Ubuntu release 10.10, codename Maverick, was released. Of course we’ve been testing Maverick for a while now, so I’m glad to announce that we have images ready, for both 64bit and 32bit.

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Help us by writing a review

After a year of implementing our own platform, Tilaa opened its doors for customers in January this year. Since then, a lot of customers made the choice to host one or more VPS servers on the Tilaa...

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New Tilaa site

Tilaa just released a new website! The new website contains much more information about our products and describes all features available on our platform. We also changed the look and feel of the...

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We now support Windows!

As of today, we offer a complete self-service Windows solution for a very competitive fee!

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We now support FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE!

By popular demand we’ve implemented FreeBSD support! We offer both 32bits and 64bits images for FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE.

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Critical Linux kernel vulnerability

A critical kernel vulnerability exists in all recent 64bits Linux kernels which allows unprivileged users to gain root access. All 64bits Linux distributions are affected, but one must have shell...

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New distribution: ArchLinux

ArchLinux support has been requested a couple of times over the last couple of months, so today we’ve added 32 and 64 bits images for the ArchLinux distribution!

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Maintenance report

Yesterday we installed extra RAM in all of our physical servers. We took this opportunity to also upgrade the BIOS and the kernel to the latest release. All of our servers are now up to date and we...

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Press release: Tilaa turns the market upside down with RAM and traffic upgrades of it’s VPS services.

Tilaa is convinced that high quality VPS hosting doesn’t have to be expensive. After following the market for 9 months, Tilaa upgrades it’s VPS servers with up to 200% RAM and up to 500% extra...

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New feature: Graphical consoles!

Ever since we started with Tilaa we’ve offered our customers a web-based serial console, which allows customers to fix problems when their VPS doesn’t boot or is unreachable over the network.

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32-bit distributions

The Tilaa platform supports 32-bit distributions as of today!

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Experimental IPv6 support!

We’re pleased to announce that we now provide native IPv6 connectivity for customers! This is currently an experimental feature. We will provide basic instructions on how to set it up in this blog...

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Datacenter migration succesfully completed!

Yesterday morning we have succesfully migrated our servers to a new datacenter facility! We wanted to limit the impact for our customers, so we started as early as possible. We were able to keep the...

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Price decrease extra data traffic

As of the first of July Tilaa will change the rates for extra data traffic. Current rate is 40 ct per extra GB. We will change this to 8 ct per extra GB.

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Distribution image updates

Fedora 13 has been released and is now available at Tilaa!

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Improved security for MasterCard and Visa transactions

In order to improve creditcard security and combat creditcard fraud we have decided to join the MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa programs. This is not yet mandatory for merchants in the...

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Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) available!

The latest release of Ubuntu (10.04 LTS, code-named Lucid Lynx) is now available at Tilaa! This is a long term support (LTS ) release, which means updates will be available for 5 years after release.

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New feature: Traffic notifications!

We’ve implemented a new feature where our customers will be notified when their traffic consumption goes over 80% and once again when it goes over 100% of their monthly quota.

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KVM migration completed!

It has taken us some time, but yesterday we migrated the last of the Xen virtual machines over to KVM! Everything is running smoothly and so far all customers seem to be happy.

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New VPS plans

Last week Tilaa launched some new VPS plans. Steps between different VPS packages are now smaller, so we can support better scalability. Much customers have a VPS with increasing load. With the new...

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KVM is live! Goodbye Xen..

We have finished our new virtualization platform based on KVM. We’ve already migrated all of our own VPS’s and over the next couple of weeks all customer VPS’s will be migrated from Xen to KVM as...

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Payment methods update (Amex and PayPal)

We already accept MasterCard, Visa and iDeal payments, but every now and then people ask us if we could consider adding support for Amex (American Express) creditcards and PayPal.

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Roadmap for the next 6 months

In the previous post I talked about our migration to KVM. This migration will consume most of our time for the next 2 months. We have several interesting projects to work on after that. This post...

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Xen vs KVM virtualization

Currently Tilaa runs on the Xen 3.3 hypervisor with a custom built Linux kernel. When we started building our infrastructure in the beginning of 2009 it was the most mature opensource option there...

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CakePHP: Lessons learned

We used the CakePHP MVC framework to develop the Tilaa webapp. We encountered some limitations, road bumps and nasty bugs along the way, but mostly it was a smooth ride. In this post I want to...

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Online payment system is live!

Today we reached another milestone: We finished the implementation of several online payments methods and we can now start accepting iDEAL, ‘Automatische incasso’, MasterCard and Visa payments!

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Tilaa is live!

First of all, we at Tilaa would like to wish everybody a happy new year!

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