GreenGeeks: Our Scalable Hosting Platform

Early last month, we announced that we made improvements to our hosting service by revamping our shared hosting platform to increase performance, reliability and scalability.  These improvements were put in place to lay the ground work for many things to come as we are investing heavily in making our hosting the best there is.

Our vision as a hosting provider is to allow our customer to focus on deploying, managing and growing their websites without having to worry about the underlying technology. The hosting platform should just work. We like to refer to this ideology as “HaaS” (hosting-as-a-service). We are moving towards a more streamlined hosting experience for our customers.

Web hosting was simple in the past, a web hosting provider would simply purchase a server, place cPanel on it and then start to provision customers on it. When it reached a certain threshold, you provisioned a new server and rinse-repeat.

Things have changed.

Customers want more resources, more tools and they want it to work all together with very little to no learning curve. Our goal is to achieve this and more.

With that being said… today I want to announce the next advancement to our hosting platform:

Scalable Hosting.

Customers will now be able to easily add computing resources such as CPU, RAM and I/O in a pay-as-you-go fashion — eliminating the need to upgrade to a Virtual Private Server (which brings on server management, security & other  concerns to the customer).

Considerable improvements to our container-based technology was also done, specifically to allow our set of intelligent systems & tools to automatically move hosting accounts around on our platform based on resource supply & demand to maintain always-fast performance and always-on reliability hosting for your website.

Learn more about Scalable Hosting and how you can apply it to your hosting account.

 

 

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GreenGeeks: GreenGeeks Revamps Shared Hosting Platform to Increase Performance, Reliability & Scalability

GreenGeeks is always striving to ensure that our customers are getting the best web hosting experience possible, from the latest technologies to the best customer service. We wake up every day, constantly thinking of new ideas and speaking to our customers to hear about their needs. We then work hard to deliver.

Today, I’m excited to announce a few improvements that we’ve made to our hosting platform, as we work towards our goal of providing next-generation web hosting services.

These improvements are the initial stages of our plan to provide powerful web hosting solutions that will simplify the way our customers deploy and manage websites.

Here they are…

100% SSD RAID-10 Storage Array’s

We are now deploying 100% RAID-10 SSD-based (Solid State Drives) servers, which is a setup up from our previously SSD-cache based setup. We’ve seen performance increases of 30-35% on several dozen websites that we’ve tested.

PHP7 is now enabled by default

Last year we announced the roll out of PHP7 on our servers. We’re now deploying accounts with PHP7 enabled by default.

Real-time Security Advancements

We have made considerable improvements to our real-time security scanning engine to make use of aggregate data from our entire network along with tweaks to allow for a more smoother, more secure hosting experience.

Scaling built-in.

Hosting accounts that are provisioned onto our new platform will be able to scale resources (I/O, Memory and CPU) to accommodate for growth.

All new customers will be automatically placed onto the new platform. A transition plan is already in place to migrate our existing customers to the new platform.

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GreenGeeks: Are you a web developer? We’re looking for you…

webdevelopment

GreenGeeks is a rapidly growing web hosting company that is always looking add to its family. GreenGeeks has made the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America two years in a row. We are looking for a web developer who is passionate about web hosting.

Why Work for GreenGeeks?

– No more commuting and traffic! You will be working from the comfort of your home!
– All staff members receive 18 days of paid time off per year.
– We’re a home grown company with just over 40 team members and have great opportunities to move up and further your career!
– Your input and suggestions matter to us, we listen to all of our team members. We work as a team.
– Loyalty Merit Program: We’ll increase your pay the longer you work for us.

Job Code: WD2015

Requirements:

– Proficient in PHP, Perl, Bash, MySQL
– Knowledge of JavaScript Framework
– Knowledge of PHP Frameworks
– Knowledge of Linux-based Operating System
– Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3
– Is able to speak fluent English
– Has a reliable high speed internet connection.
– Has knowledge/understanding of the Hosting Industry

Responsibilities:

– Development & Maintenance of Internal Applications
– Development & Maintenance of Client-facing Applications
– Server-side Programming

To Apply, e-mail jobs@greengeeks.com with a cover letter + resume. Ensure that your subject line is the code mentioned above else it will be rejected. We prefer individuals located in the United States and Canada. We are not interested in Outsourcing companies.

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GreenGeeks: Are you a web developer? We’re looking for you…

webdevelopment

GreenGeeks is a rapidly growing web hosting company that is always looking add to its family. GreenGeeks has made the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America two years in a row. We are looking for a web developer who is passionate about web hosting.

Why Work for GreenGeeks?

– No more commuting and traffic! You will be working from the comfort of your home!
– All staff members receive 18 days of paid time off per year.
– We’re a home grown company with just over 40 team members and have great opportunities to move up and further your career!
– Your input and suggestions matter to us, we listen to all of our team members. We work as a team.
– Loyalty Merit Program: We’ll increase your pay the longer you work for us.

Job Code: WD2015

Requirements:

– Proficient in PHP, Perl, Bash, MySQL
– Knowledge of JavaScript Framework
– Knowledge of PHP Frameworks
– Knowledge of Linux-based Operating System
– Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3
– Is able to speak fluent English
– Has a reliable high speed internet connection.
– Has knowledge/understanding of the Hosting Industry

Responsibilities:

– Development & Maintenance of Internal Applications
– Development & Maintenance of Client-facing Applications
– Server-side Programming

To Apply, e-mail jobs@greengeeks.com with a cover letter + resume. Ensure that your subject line is the code mentioned above else it will be rejected. We prefer individuals located in the United States and Canada. We are not interested in Outsourcing companies.

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GreenGeeks: GreenGeeks makes Inc. 5000 America’s fastest growing companies list 2nd year in a row

GreenGeeks Inc 5000

GreenGeeks, a leader in providing green energy web hosting solutions, is proud to announce its 2014 ranking at 2095 on Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, putting the company amongst the elite firms representing America’s fastest growing companies.

GreenGeeks provides website creation tools and web hosting services to small and medium sized businesses which are powered by 300 percent wind energy. Due to the massive power consumption by website providers, the hosting industry is slated to become as large of an environmental polluter as the airline industry by 2020. GreenGeeks mission is to provide exceptional web hosting services while promoting environmental responsibility within the web hosting community.

“I’m pleased to report GreenGeeks has made the INC. 5000 fastest growing U.S. companies list for the second year in a row.” said Trey Gardner, founder and CEO of GreenGeeks. “We’re all very grateful for the trust of our clients in managing their websites, emails, domain names and overall online presence. Moving forward we will endeavor to continue to raise the bar by always searching for new areas and new practices to further enhance our service capabilities.” He added.

GreenGeeks also ranked #127 in Los Angeles based companies, #268 in IT Service providers and #340 in companies located in California.

“To be part of a company that ranked on the INC 500|5000 fastest growing companies in America for two years in a row is a recognition that I’m really proud of,” mentions Kaumil Patel, COO of GreenGeeks. “I want to take the time to thank the GreenGeeks team for their commitment to ensuring the execution of our vision to be the best green energy web hosting provider in the world.”

The Inc. 500|5000 list includes the fastest-growing private companies in America, showcasing the country’s most successful private businesses and distinguishing them from their competitors. This list celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s most innovative businesses, and GreenGeeks is proud to be among them.

About GreenGeeks
Founded in 2007 by Trey Gardner, GreenGeeks provides the industry’s leading green energy shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated server hosting services. GreenGeeks replaces to the grid 3 times their  energy consumption with energy having been produced by wind, making GreenGeeks a carbon-reducing company. The company is based out of Agoura Hills, California serving tens of thousands of customers in over 150 countries. For more information, visit www.greengeeks.com

About Inc.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

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GreenGeeks: GreenGeeks makes Inc. 5000 America’s fastest growing companies list 2nd year in a row

GreenGeeks Inc 5000

GreenGeeks, a leader in providing green energy web hosting solutions, is proud to announce its 2014 ranking at 2095 on Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, putting the company amongst the elite firms representing America’s fastest growing companies.

GreenGeeks provides website creation tools and web hosting services to small and medium sized businesses which are powered by 300 percent wind energy. Due to the massive power consumption by website providers, the hosting industry is slated to become as large of an environmental polluter as the airline industry by 2020. GreenGeeks mission is to provide exceptional web hosting services while promoting environmental responsibility within the web hosting community.

“I’m pleased to report GreenGeeks has made the INC. 5000 fastest growing U.S. companies list for the second year in a row.” said Trey Gardner, founder and CEO of GreenGeeks. “We’re all very grateful for the trust of our clients in managing their websites, emails, domain names and overall online presence. Moving forward we will endeavor to continue to raise the bar by always searching for new areas and new practices to further enhance our service capabilities.” He added.

GreenGeeks also ranked #127 in Los Angeles based companies, #268 in IT Service providers and #340 in companies located in California.

“To be part of a company that ranked on the INC 500|5000 fastest growing companies in America for two years in a row is a recognition that I’m really proud of,” mentions Kaumil Patel, COO of GreenGeeks. “I want to take the time to thank the GreenGeeks team for their commitment to ensuring the execution of our vision to be the best green energy web hosting provider in the world.”

The Inc. 500|5000 list includes the fastest-growing private companies in America, showcasing the country’s most successful private businesses and distinguishing them from their competitors. This list celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of America’s most innovative businesses, and GreenGeeks is proud to be among them.

About GreenGeeks
Founded in 2007 by Trey Gardner, GreenGeeks provides the industry’s leading green energy shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated server hosting services. GreenGeeks replaces to the grid 3 times their  energy consumption with energy having been produced by wind, making GreenGeeks a carbon-reducing company. The company is based out of Agoura Hills, California serving tens of thousands of customers in over 150 countries. For more information, visit www.greengeeks.com

About Inc.
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

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GreenGeeks: GreenGeeks Makes Solid State Drives (SSD) Standard on its Web Hosting Plans

GreenGeeks SSD Hosting

GreenGeeks is proud to announce today that all of our existing customers have been upgraded to servers utilizing solid state drives (SSD) as part of our commitment to offering the best hosting experience. New customers are automatically provisioned onto the SSD hosting platform.

GreenGeeks has been testing the SSD setup for several months leading up to the upgrade across its entire server fleet including shared hosting, reseller hosting and its virtual private server platforms. With multiple internal and external tests, page loads have dramatically seen improvements in the range 50-100% over its legacy RAID-10 SATA server infrastructure.

“Speed is something our customers are always looking for and we’re always testing new ways in our lab to give our customers that speed without affecting the reliability we have come to be known for,” Kaumil Patel said, COO of GreenGeeks. “After seeing the great results with performance and even an improvement on reliability, we had no choice but to roll it out to all of our customers and make it the standard for our servers,” he added.

We’ve also made multiple tweaks and enhancements on our web server caching technology, database servers, security and countless other improvements to ensure that our customers receive the best web hosting experience possible.

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GreenGeeks: GreenGeeks Makes Solid State Drives (SSD) Standard on its Web Hosting Plans

GreenGeeks SSD Hosting

GreenGeeks is proud to announce today that all of our existing customers have been upgraded to servers utilizing solid state drives (SSD) as part of our commitment to offering the best hosting experience. New customers are automatically provisioned onto the SSD hosting platform.

GreenGeeks has been testing the SSD setup for several months leading up to the upgrade across its entire server fleet including shared hosting, reseller hosting and its virtual private server platforms. With multiple internal and external tests, page loads have dramatically seen improvements in the range 50-100% over its legacy RAID-10 SATA server infrastructure.

“Speed is something our customers are always looking for and we’re always testing new ways in our lab to give our customers that speed without affecting the reliability we have come to be known for,” Kaumil Patel said, COO of GreenGeeks. “After seeing the great results with performance and even an improvement on reliability, we had no choice but to roll it out to all of our customers and make it the standard for our servers,” he added.

We’ve also made multiple tweaks and enhancements on our web server caching technology, database servers, security and countless other improvements to ensure that our customers receive the best web hosting experience possible.

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GreenGeeks: Green Tech: Solar Panel Roadways

We haven’t posted a cool green gadget for a while and while this isn’t really a “gadget” it’s definitely on point with what we’re trying to push; a greener planet.

The Earth has over 11 million miles of paved roadways, all of which absorbing heat energy from the Sun… well, imagine if we could harness the energy from the Sun from the roadways?

Enter Solar FREAKIN’ Panel Roadways… here’s a cool Video put together about it:

Scott & Julie have started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to further develop & implement the technology.

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GreenGeeks: The Heartbleed bug and what you need to know


HeartbleedIn the last few days I am sure that you’ve heard about an Internet-wide security exploit called the Heartbleed bug. Security here at GreenGeeks is a top priority and we take it very seriously. Once learning about the exploit, technically referenced as CVE-2014-0160, we began to address it immediately.  We have created this article to help you understand a bit more about Heartbleed, how you can protect your information and what we’ve done to address it.

What is Heartbleed

The Heartbleed bug is a very serious security vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library used to secure information traffic across much of the Internet. It was nicknamed “Heartbleed” because the vulnerability could leak/bleed information and was involved in the Heartbeat function of OpenSSL. The weakness allows hackers to steal information that is normally protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL encrypts information sent over networks such as web, email, IM, etc. With the bug, names, passwords, and any sensitive information could be “sniffed” resulting in stolen data directly from any website.

What is being done about the Heartbleed Bug?

The vulnerability was identified, given a reference of CVE-2014-0160 and was patched by the team at OpenSSL. This patch was made publicly available to service providers across the world, including GreenGeeks. We have patched, tested and verified that all of our systems are secured with this latest patch from OpenSSL.

As mentioned before, we take security very seriously and is a top priority for us. Upon discovering the exploit, we began immediate action to secure our servers. We believe that the likelihood of exploit is very minimal. As always, we will continue to be vigilant to ensure the safety and security of our systems.

Has GreenGeeks replaced their SSL’s?

Yes, upon discovery our team has quickly patched and replaced all SSL’s on our network.

Is My Server Vulnerable?

Anyone relying on OpenSSL was vulnerable. Upon discovery of the exploit, we patched our entire network and are now protected from the vulnerability.

Will the SSL I purchased from GreenGeeks be Updated?

Yes, while the risk of exploitation is extremely low, as a pre-caution we are working with our SSL provider to re-issue all SSL certificates that were purchased directly through us. This process is being done automatically for you and there is no involvement required.

What if I purchased an SSL certificate from a third-party provider?

Re-issuing the certificate is a choice you’ll have to make. If you feel that it’s worth your time, then it’s a good idea to get your SSL reissued. The likelihood of your keys being exploited are very low. If you decide to go ahead with the change, then please contact your SSL provider. Once you’ve received your new private key, certificate and CA bundle, our team will be more than happy to help you install the certificate. Alternatively, you can simply buy a new SSL certificate through us where we will handle similar situations such as this for you.

Has any of my information been compromised?

Anyone relying on OpenSSL was vulnerable. Upon discovery, we immediately patched our system. The chance that your keys were exploited are very minimal due to the lack of public exploit at the time of disclosure. We recommend that you always change your password regularly and can do so through our Account Manager.

You can test to see if you’re vulnerable by using the HeartBleed Checker

You can learn more about the Heartbleed Bug at heartbleed.com.

 

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