Last year, we doubled the disk space available from approximately 7 GB to 15 GB, and now we're doing the exact same thing… again! From today, every customer has more than 32 GB of space available on their hosting accounts.
You can now boost your website – regardless of whether you have developed it yourself or have used a CMS such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal – with our Varnish accelerator-cache, which is incredibly easy to use. This will drastically increase the speed with which your pages are shown, provided that the pages caches.
If your domain points to Gigahost's name servers then we control the DNS for the domain, you simply log on to the control centre and choose the domain you wish to use Varnish with. Afterwards, you choose the tab “DNS” and under “DNS Templates” at the bottom of the page you choose “Varnish Proxy Server” and press “Add Template”. Are you in doubt whether you are using our name servers or not, then simply ask our Technical Support.
As a rule of thumb, allow the name servers about an hour before Varnish really begins working on the domain.
If you control DNS yourself: It is also possible to use our Varnish accelerator if you control the DNS yourself. If that is the case, you have to make a slightly special DNS template. Therefore, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get information about the details.
Yeee-haaa! Gigahost now offers you an even better and faster performance than before. We have just updated most of our hardware to stable and super fast servers. This means that now all our web servers have become much more efficient than they were before – without you having to pay extra!
If you for example make use of CMS as well as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, you will experience that now your pages are even faster for your visitors and much easier for you to develop and work with.
Intel Xeon E3
The improvement is due to our transition to Intel’s 32 nm chip technology which is good for both the speed and the power consumption.
The very small transistors in Intel’s Xeon E3 processors are manufactured lithographically by the use of extremely short waved ultraviolet light. The lithographic process is about using light to draw patterns in a material through a “mask” with very fine details. Hereafter, this pattern forms the foundation of a chemical conversion (typically by means of corrosion) to a functional structure of metals and semiconductors which makes up the transistors in processors. The finest patterns one can draw are determined by for instance the wave length of the light (like the finest cut you can make in a cake is determined by the edge of the knife), which for visible light ranges between 380 and 740 nanometre, but for extremely short waved ultraviolet light it goes all the way down to under 20 nanometres.
Intel has recently launched a chip series based on the same technology with lithographic details of about 22 nanometers which will open a passage for a new family of processors. On the picture, you see a scanning electron microscope (SEM) of a small section of uncovered N- and P-type metal-oxide-semiconductor (NMOS-/PMOS-) structures on the surface of one of these new processors.
Both the gate and the fins are visible and the holes which the arrow is pointing at (which in the assembled chip becomes sources and drains) are filled up with a alloy of silicon and germanium (SiGe). This material is much used as it can support ultra high frequencies (over 100GHz) and furthermore is compatible with complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors (CMOS) technologies for construction of integrated circuits. We are watching them closely, but for now we are only utilizing their well tested 32 nm.
If you have questions about lithographical processors, you are always welcome to write to us at email@example.com.
We can now offer PHP 5.4. That means that you have the opportunity to use both PHP 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4. You can choose different PHP-versions for each domain. To switch to PHP 5.4, you merely choose this in the control centre under Domains > More Settings.
This is already available for new accounts. Additionally, we will continually expand it so every user will be able to choose PHP 5.4.
PHP 5.4 offers some new functions and, at the same time, removes some old ones. As this can have an influence on your scripts, we recommend that you read PHP’s changelog.