Over the last few weeks we've added a variety of new operating
system images for VPS customers. You may have seen them roll into
the options list if you changed plans, but we also wanted to
quickly mention it here so people who weren't actively poking
around are also aware of the new options.
New operating system images include:
We do our best to ensure we've always got the latest versions of
our supported operating systems available, but if there's anything
you're particularly keen to see supported please drop us a line via
our support page and we'll see what we can do.
In addition to rolling out cool new features, we've had the
chance recently to re-evaluate how some existing services have been
performing. One of these services is our additional backup
offerings - something which we're really passionate about because
we know how important it is to maintain regular backups of your
We're happy to announce that as a result of this evaluation we
have decided to drop backup price by 50%, reducing the cost from
$0.20/GB to $0.10/GB.
We hope this will encourage more users to take advantage of our
flexible backup system and allow harried system administrators to
relax just that little bit more knowing they have a wider variety
of backup options for their all-important systems and data.
Another new feature this week - we've added support for off-site
backups of VPSs to be created on the Amazon S3 service. This will
provide another layer of comfort for customers who want to know
their data is backed up outside of our network.
Customers who have added this service to their VPS plan will
have their disk images sent to their nominated bucket on Amazon S3
immediately after a successful local backup is made.
As the backup is stored in your own S3 bucket, you can download
the disk image and manipulate it directly, allowing you to verify
the contents of the backup or simply access the contents of your
VPS locally in your own test environment.
Off-site backups can now be enabled for your VPS on the 'Change
Plan' page in the 'VPS Details' section. They are currently charged
at $0.20 per gigabyte per month.
More information on how to create your own S3 bucket for use
with this new feature (and information on how to download and
manipulate your VPS image locally) can be found in this
As always, we remind all users of any computer system that
making a backup is only part of a good backup strategy. We strongly
encourage our customers to make their own backups that are
independent of our systems and to test both sets of backups
regularly to ensure they're valid and that they'll restore as
We're happy to announce we've released a new feature this week
for VPS customers of Mammoth Networks - a firewall service.
This new firewall is a web-based system that works at the
network level, providing enhanced security for your VPS by allowing
you to selectively filter traffic before it gets to you.
An easy-to-use interface allows customers to selectively allow
or block traffic to or from particular addresses (and ports). The
firewalling is effective immediately upon completion of the
The firewall service is available now and is free for all VPS
customers. To access it, log into mPanel, select your VPS and
select 'Firewall' from the 'Manage' menu.
We've just rolled out another new feature on Mammoth Networks -
two-factor authentication for mPanel accounts.
Two-step verification adds an extra layer of security for your
account by requiring you to enter a verification code in addition
to your username and password, when signing in to your account.
We're using the open source Google
Authenticator project - clients are available on a variety of
For more information and to enable two factor authentication now
for your Mammoth Networks account, check it
out now in mPanel!
We've just launched a new feature on Mammoth Networks that
allows users to set email alert notifications on certain types of
Customers will now be alerted when their CPU, disk activity,
network activity, memory utilisation or disk utilisation passes
certain levels. These settings can now be customised in mPanel by
selecting 'Alerts' from your VPS Manage menu.
There are several different alert types; each can be selectively
enabled or disabled and you can customise the threshold at which
you are emailed.
We hope this feature will provide customers with better insight
into their VPS usage and allow them to be more aware of significant
changes which might indicate potential problems.
We're pleased to announce that we've just added the brand new
Windows Server 2012 Standard to our list of supported operating
systems for our VPS platform.
Customers looking to deploy Windows Server 2012 can do so right
now by signing up and selecting it from our operating system
For more information please check out Microsoft's official
Server 2012 site.
We are excited to announce that in September we will be
launching a new website design. The new website design will align
our hosting services with the broader Mammoth branding and provide
a more cohesive product offering for our customers. We have also
taken the opportunity to make the website easier to use through a
permanently displayed menu bar, support for higher resolution
screens and use of the latest CSS functionality.
We will also begin offering two additional hosting solutions:
website hosting and domain name registration. With the addition of
these services, the name "Mammoth VPS" and its associated domain
name are no longer suitable. As such we will be broadening the name
to "Mammoth Networks" and operating from a more succinct domain
name - www.mammoth.net.au.
We want to make it perfectly clear to all our customers that
these changes do not impact your VPS service in any way. It is the
same team; the same company; and
the same great VPS functionality, pricing, service and
support you are accustomed to. Just with additional
solutions and a fresh new look!
After launch, any bookmarked URLs will automatically redirect to
the correct location on the new site. mPanel and its associated
features will continue to work in exactly the same way they
We will send out a second email after the new website is online
and would welcome all feedback/criticism you might have.
We've recently introduced a new system to block certain outbound
network connections from newly-created VPSs.
By blocking the outgoing connections used for email, SSH and
Remote Desktop you can prevent your VPS from being used for spam or
brute-force attacks, which are both illegal and significant data
transfers. Many customers who contact us about unexpectedly high
data transfer on their VPS discover that their VPS has been
We hope this move will improve the security of the platform as a
Approved customers can control this setting by logging in to
mPanel and selecting 'Port Blocking' from the 'Manage' menu for
their selected VPS. We encourage customers who don't explicitly
need these services to leave them blocked to add another layer of
security to their VPS.
Please note that the existing VPSs of current customers will not
be affected by this change - but any new VPS created (even if you
are an existing customer) will have this port blocking enabled by
If you are having problems or would like more information on
this feature please feel free to contact support!
With a new year comes new plans! We've been revising our VPS
plan offerings for 2012 and these new plans have just gone
There are two main changes for this refresh - the first is that
all Linux plans (except Personal and Basic) have dropped in price.
The second is that all plans have had a generous bandwidth
increase. The details of the increases are outlined in the table
Another minor change is that we've rebalanced the virtual CPU
allocation in each of these plans. After looking into how the
majority of customers used CPU on the services, we decided that
this change (in conjunction with the new bandwidth offerings) would
offer the best value for customers, while ensuring customers who
need more CPU are able to get it.
Existing customers may switch to a 2012 plan via the 'Change
Plan' menu item within mPanel.