What's a reseller hosting and why are people so crazy about it? | The Future of Control Panels | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: What's a reseller hosting and why are people so crazy about it? | The Future of Control Panels | News from around the hosting industry
Date: February 8th 2023

February 8th 2023

What's a reseller hosting and why are people so crazy about it?

Saad has been going through WebHostingTalk and one thing that he's noticed is that people post lots of questions about reseller hosting. In the past he's been hosting his different websites on different web hosts. He's used managed WordPress hosting, shared hosting, etc., but he couldn't fathom why someone would need a reseller hosting. He's asking to be educated on this type of hosting and, if he has multiple websites/blogs, should he be using it? There are already various explanations giving some of the benefits of using reseller hosting, whilst there's also a claim that reseller hosting is dead. What's your take? Do you use or sell reseller hosting? Are you running a business as a reseller or simply using this type of hosting as a means to keep your sites in one place but isolated from each other?

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The Future of Control Panels

No, it's not another "This panel is better than that panel" thread. Instead, Guillermo asks if we feel like we're back in the 90s when there were many control panels, none of them compatible with each other. He asks us to imagine hosting providers working together to create standards for account packing, backups, data storage, etc., and an open-source project to create an API and the foundation for a web hosting control panel (not the GUI, only the API and scripts). In this way, each hosting company can create its control panel, but all are compatible because they all use the same open-source API and standards. He suggests no more monopolies, no more yearly price increases, and no more incompatibilities. He's the first to ask if he's dreaming, or is something like this doable and realistic? It would certainly make it easier for customers (and their new hosts) who want to move from one provider to another when the hosts use different control panels. What do you think?

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News from around the hosting industry

Our Industry News section is the place to find current headlines from around the world of hosting and infrastructure, but other general interest threads pop up in other sections of the forum, especially The Lounge. Here we we highlight just some of the interesting news items from around the forum:

  • Massive ESXiArgs ransomware attack targets VMware ESXi servers worldwide - Admins, hosting providers, and the French Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-FR) have warned that attackers are actively targeting VMware ESXi servers unpatched against a two-year-old remote code execution vulnerability to deploy a new ESXiArgs ransomware. The security flaw (CVE-2021-21974) is reportedly caused by a heap overflow issue in the OpenSLP service that can be exploited by unauthenticated threat actors in low-complexity attacks, affecting the following systems: ESXi versions 7.x prior to ESXi70U1c-17325551; ESXi versions 6.7.x prior to ESXi670-202102401-SG, and; ESXi versions 6.5.x prior to ESXi650-202102101-SG. Admins should disable the vulnerable Service Location Protocol (SLP) service on ESXi hypervisors that haven't yet been updated to block attacks.
  • Vietnam experiencing subsea cable connection issues - Four of five subsea cables connecting Vietnam are experiencing disruptions. Internet service provider demand is apparently the problem for unexplained reasons. The secretary general of the Vietnam Internet Association (VIA) said that Vietnam needs at least two or three more subsea cable routes in the next five years to serve mounting demand. VNPT (Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group) said this was an unfortunate "force majeure", as the provider was taking measures to ensure global internet connections to its consumers including sharing data loads between connections that are still available, and working with Facebook, TikTok and YouTube.
  • New Mediterranean subsea cable to strengthen Italian digital infrastructure - Unitirreno Submarine Network has awarded a contract to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) for the construction of its new subsea cable system in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The approximately 1,030km system will connect Mazara del Vallo to Genoa, Italy with a branch to Rome. It will be the first repeatered 24 fiber pair, open cable system in the Mediterranean.
  • Prime expands globally with Denmark data center - The American hyperscale and wholesale data center provider announced last week its international expansion to Denmark. The company confirmed plans for a new 124MW data center campus featuring three hyperscale data centers serving international cloud providers, Internet businesses and AI firms. The campus has been designed to achieve the country's first DGNB Gold certification for sustainability.

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