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We have expanded with newly acquired Gaming Server!

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As it turns out, we have a huge proportion of gamers who desire a North American location! Because of this, we have a newly acquired high performance game server, currently in the building stage, with the following specifications:

  • CPU: Intel i7 [ 7700K ] (overclocked)
    • 4-cores / 8-threads – 4.7 GHz / 5 GHz (turbo)
  • Memory: 64 GB DDR4 2400 MHz ECC RAM
  • Disk: SoftRAID 2 x 450 GB NVMe + SoftRAID 1 x 4 TB SATA
  • Network: 500 Mbps bandwidth

Although we do have to offer our sincerest apologies regarding the location of this server. We tried our hardest to obtain one within Kansas, United States, as originally promised but by the time we went to make the purchase, all the servers with our planned, original requirements at said host were no longer available. So instead, we obtained one within Canada approximately 1,600 km away (1000 miles) in the city of Beauharnois. For those knowledgeable in the web-hosting business, you can probably work out which wholesale provider we’ve gone with simply from the information we’ve given in this update 😉

GekkoFyre Networks offers managed hosting though and that’s what sets us apart from many of our contemporary competitors. Plus we almost exclusively cater to the needs and whims of the anthropomorphic community as well as that of individuals who identify as otherkin or therian.

With the server being only 1,600 km away from the originally planned destination, there should be a negligible effect on latency at the most, if any. We are speaking from both experience and as professionals on this.

The release of our gaming services shouldn’t be far off any longer with this server in the building stage! Our wholesaler has told us that it will take up to the middle of next week to configure and get working before finally being provisioned off to our business account, after which we can start doing our own preparations. If you have any ideas, suggestions, critique, or anything else, then we highly recommend that you join our little Discord server and have a fireside chat with our administrator, volunteer staff, and community members!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who voted in the gaming server location poll. Not only was your contribution sincerely appreciated, but it actually had a deciding factor on the direction we would take next at GekkoFyre Networks. We honestly had no idea that there was such a large proportion of gamers who preferred that a server be located in North America over West Europe.

Poll: Game Server Locations – United States and/or United Kingdom?

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Because our video game services will be releasing soon, proper, we need to decide on the locations of where to invest in our first high performance game servers for this very purpose and determine if only a single location or even two is worthwhile. So please, cast your vote below and let us know if we are to start off with a single location in only either Kansas, United States, or London, United Kingdom. If we receive a fair amount of votes for both locations, then we’ll get servers for each!

Where should we invest in a gaming server?

  • Kansas, United States (73%, 11 Votes)
  • London, United Kingdom (13%, 2 Votes)
  • Both locations interest me (and my friends)! (13%, 2 Votes)
  • Gaming servers do not interest me (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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We cannot stress enough how important this vote of yours is to us as you’re literally deciding the future of GekkoFyre Networks by casting your wish here. That said though, we do want this to be an eloquently fun thing to do, as we desire to be as transparent as possible when interacting with both current and future clients! It is you who make our existence possible.

New Server Status & Health Area; Keep up-to-date…

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We are happy to release our new Server Status & Health area of GekkoFyre Networks, where you can keep up-to-date on the latest happenings of outages, system interruptions, downtime, etc. regarding any of the servers and/or front-end interfaces for our entire infrastructure! You will even notice that at the bottom, there is an area where you may subscribe to updates relating to outages/downtime for all or some of the servers that you are interested in.

This section of the site is not entirely complete yet, as we do plan on adding some metrics to it such as the amount of bandwidth that is being processed by GekkoFyre Networks at any one time. This will of course be backdated by a few hours for security reasons. But let us know what you think in our official Discord server!

Apologies for outage on main site; no customer servers affected

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We are writing to inform both current and potential customers of the 12-hour outage that occurred with the main site yesterday (05/02/2019 Australian EST), here on GekkoFyre Networks and this Blog, and how we are going to prevent such an event from happening again. Firstly though, we are sincerely apologetic for this transpiring in the first place, but a third-party technician from <unnamed company> was working on our servers and while doing this, made some critical changes at the hypervisor level without consulting the system administrators firstly which then lead to the outage. People do make mistakes, yes, but this individual should have clearly authorized these changes with our technicians firstly. Although it should be stated that no customer servers/accounts were affected by this outage, only GekkoFyre Networks’ own websites.

So moving on from this event, we are sending all third-party technicians who work on our servers a ‘letter of advice’. This will contain all of the guidelines stating what they can and can’t do without having to contact us firstly before making any drastic changes. This warning should therefore, hopefully, prevent such an event from happening once again.

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