Offering an email-only service | Using a web hosting service as cloud storage | News from around the hosting industry

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Subject: Offering an email-only service | Using a web hosting service as cloud storage | News from around the hosting industry
Date: February 15th 2023

February 15th 2023

Offering an email-only service

Kikloo provides cPanel hosting to several clients, some of whom just use the hosting account purely for personal email services. He's looking for suggestions of any readymade system available to provide email hosting only. The aim is to reduce costs by not having to spend on cPanel, Cloudlinux, Imunify360 etc. and just provide email services like webmail, POP3 and IMAP as a standalone product. Is there any software like cPanel that he can use which installs and is ready to use?

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Using a web hosting service as cloud storage

Netneurone is looking to get Nextcloud on a hosting package, and has noticed that a few shared hosting providers offer 100GB or more storage for not much more than some cloud storage providers. What he'd like to know, from a web hosting provider perspective, is why it's not advisable to use a web hosting account for storage. He assumes that this is for cloud storage rather than file sharing or file transfers. Is it simply economics (i.e. usually someone buying a 200GB package for web hosting doesn't use 200GB whereas someone buying 200GB cloud storage for actual file storage will definitely). What other restrictions or issue might he run into?

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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:

  • China pulls out from the Mediterranean - China has withdrawn its investment in the massive multi-cable project SEA-ME-WE amid rising tensions between China and the US. China Telecom and China Mobile specifically have pulled out of subsea cable whilst China Unicom, a smaller state-owned company, remains involved. The consortium behind the project includes Bharti Airtel, Orange, Singtel and Telecom Egypt, investing about 20% of the whole project which has an estimated cost of around US$500 million. Construction on the 19,200km submarine cable will continue linking Singapore and France, crossing through Egypt. It is expected to be available for service in about two years.
  • Major companies announce layoffs - GoDaddy announced an 8% cut in workforce last week, joining many tech companies letting go of employees. This is its second round of layoffs since the start of the pandemic, when it laid off about 10% of its workforce. Video conferencing leader Zoom also announced cut backs of 15% of its workforce. Around 1,300 employees will be let go. This follows explosive growth at Zoom during Covid lockdowns when the number of staff increased by more than 275% between July 2019 and October 2022. This news comes on the heels of other companies downsizing such as Microsoft laying off 10,000 employees, Alphabet 12,000, while Salesforce, Meta, Amazon, PayPal and Dell have also cut their workforces.
  • Vulnerabilities announced in the last few days - OpenSSL gets patched (CVE-2023-0286) related to a number of vulnerabilities in the encryption library, including a "high impact flaw" which meant sophisticated attackers might be able to either read system memory or cause a denial of service on affected systems. Password manager Keepass played down a report that security researchers warned it may be possible to set up a trigger that exports everything from the KeePass database in cleartext, before syphoning off secret data. The vulnerability is being tracked as CVE-2023-24055.
  • Cloudflare took on a record-breaking DDoS attack last weekend - They report mitigating a record-breaking 71 million request-per-second DDoS attack over the weekend. The company revealed the attacks were HTTP/2-based and targeted websites protected by Cloudflare, originating from more than 30,000 IP addresses. Some of the victims include a popular gaming provider, cryptocurrency companies, hosting providers, and cloud computing platforms. The attacks originated from numerous cloud providers, and Cloudflare has been working with them to crack down on the botnet.

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