Help avoid your email sent being seen as spam | How does anyone make money in dedicated servers? | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: Help avoid your email sent being seen as spam | How does anyone make money in dedicated servers? | News from around the hosting industry
Date: March 13th 2024

March 13th 2024

Help avoid your email sent being seen as spam

Gabe made this post because he'd found a related but old thread on WHT - Maybe this one from 14 years ago: "outgoing emails marked as spam, what are my options?".  His current recommendations are to make sure to update your domain records (SPF, DKIM) to prove that the server sending the email is allowed to be doing so, and to ensure that your reverse DNS for the IP sending the emails matches the server hostname. He adds that, even when you do these things, it can be hard to reliably get your mail delivered. He opts to use an external service to address this issue which has helped his deliverability. There are many email service providers you can use, and he recommends using one of them if you have critical emails like this to send out. What's your preferred method to achieve good email deliverability? Several are mentioned in the thread, Have you discovered something not yet mentioned?

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How does anyone make money in dedicated servers?

WHTer 8mpg has been looking through the offers section and asks himself "How can anyone make any money?". If you run a bunch of really old servers (which is great...squeeze every bit out of then as you can) how can you make money when offering them for $15/month? At these super low prices he just doesn't understand how anyone can make money. Is there something he's missing? He will have some extra space and some older hardware available, but just can't fathom how its worth it. A single support ticket would kill the entire month's rent. So why would providers offer servers at these low prices? As a loss leader with the hope of upselling, to fill space in a colo facility where there's a minimum commit in place, or even to justify IP space usage, for example? On the other side, why would anyone rent these low-spec servers? Maybe to run a test project, DNS server, monitoring scripts, or something else?

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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 our Web Hosting Lounge. Here we highlight just a selection of some of the interesting items from around the forum:

  • Pornhub challenges EU over online content rules - One of the world's most popular pornography websites, Pornhub, is contesting new EU rules. The adult site is facing new obligations under the Digital Services Act (DSA), including strict requirements on age verification. The new rules apply to what the EU designates a Very large Online Platform (VLOP) - which Pornhub says it is not. The DSA aims to give people in the EU greater protections online, with VLOPs facing what the European Commission calls more "diligent content moderation."
  • Amazon to acquire nuclear data center campus in Pennsylania - They have agreed to buy Talen Energy's data center campus in Pennsylvania, which is located beside a nuclear power plant, for $650M. AWS will develop up to 960 MW data center campus, and Talen will supply the power from the nuclear plant, Susquehanna, it owns. Talen began building the site in 2021 and completed a 48MW hyperscale facility in January 2023. It also built a crypto-mining facility alongside which is not part of the deal.
  • Colt DCS continues growth in India - Colt Data Centre Services announced plans to expand its Southern India footprint by acquiring 10 acres in Chennai. This will mark Colt's 18th global data center. The news follows Colt's phase one completion of its Mumbai data center. Chennai is due to complete in 2027.
  • MEPs approve world's first comprehensive AI law - The European Parliament has approved the framework for constraining the risks of artificial intelligence (AI). The AI Act works by classifying products according to risk and adjusting scrutiny accordingly. China already has introduced a patchwork of AI laws. In October 2023, US President Joe Biden announced an executive order requiring AI developers to share data with the government. But the EU has now gone further.

Got some news of your own to share? If it's news from your own company it belongs in Web Hosting Industry Announcements (no ads please!). If you've scooped some news about something else going on in the hosting industry we'd love for you to share it in our Industry News section! Also look out for threads marked with our new [NEWS] tag, when members have posted newsworthy items in various sections of the forum. You can search for them using Advanced Search, search by prefix "NEWS", and "show results as posts".

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