LayerStack welcomes the new Windows Server 2022 to our OS lineup

There may be three more months until 2022 rolls around but Microsoft doesn’t wait.

The tech giant announced the general availability of Windows Server 2022 earlier this month. Emphasizing stronger security, hybrid capability and a more flexible platform, the new operating system allows mainstream users to run their workloads more safely, enable new hybrid cloud scenarios, and upgrade their applications to meet the business needs.

According to Bernardo Caldas, Microsoft’s Vice President of Program Management, Core OS and Edge Infrastructure, Windows Server 2022 features several security improvements. The multi-layered Secured-core server better protects users’ sensitive data through a combination of hardware, firmware, and virtualization layers. Secured connectivity is also achieved by encrypted HTTPS and industry-standard AES-256 encryption with support for server message block (SMB) protocol.

On top of that, the new operating system brings better hybrid capabilities and scalability with its support for up to 48TB of memory and 2,048 logical cores running on 64 physical sockets, specially designed for users who are looking to run the most demanding Tier 1 applications out there. According to Caldas, Windows Server 2022 enhances application compatibility of Windows containers and supports IPv6 and dual-stack.

This launch comes as Microsoft announced back in July the end of support of Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 in 2023. The new Windows Server 2022 follows the Long-Term Servicing Channel releases, with five years of mainstream support (ending on October 13, 2026) and five years of extended support (ending on October 14, 2031).

LayerStack didn’t wait either. We have just welcomed Windows Server 2022 to our operating system lineup, with three language options available, namely English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. Take a look here for the extensive documentation about Windows or contact our team.

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LayerStack’s well-stocked library gives you Rocky Linux, and many more!

Rocky Linux newly available as one of the operating system in LayerStack cloud servers

It’s not a surprise that the world of operating systems constantly moves at a fast clip. As a leading cloud server provider, LayerStack keeps close tabs on the latest trends and updates our comprehensive library of operating systems so you won’t be missing out.

Recently added to our OS selection is the Rocky Linux 8.4 that has reached General Availability for x8664 and aarch64.  It is created by one of the founders of the CentOS project as CentOS’s successor.

Not a Rocky user? No problem, we have plenty more where that came from. From Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian to AlmaLinux and Windows, LayerStack has gone out of our way and maintains a comprehensive library where you can find multiple versions of operating systems of almost every description.

For those special snowflakes out there, if you need an environment outside our official image list, don’t feel left out – because you are not! LayerStack allows you to upload your customized VM images, meaning you can enjoy the flexibility of bringing your own operating system images on our servers to fit your specific needs.

Get some ideas of our operating system library? Share them in our Community and keep posted for more of our latest releases on our social media.

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Latest AMD 3rd Generation EPYC CPU to join LayerStack lineup

It might be obvious, but server processors pull a lot of weight when it comes to compute-intensive tasks in the cloud. AI, machine learning, data analytics – you name it.

For this exact reason, LayerStack is equipping our infrastructure with the latest AMD 3rd Generation EPYC CPU – following its debut earlier in March – and offering the performance standards that our users expect, while retaining our core services, global availability and competitive pricing that you know and love.

Our coming AMD-based offerings feature EPYC™ 7003 Series server CPUs, the world’s highest performing server processer by the leading semiconductor manufacturer. Courtesy of its remarkable memory and I/O capacity, the redesigned processing core takes the speed of application performance to the next level and helps you drive business outcomes.

What is special about the AMD 3rd Gen EPYC processor?

A solid upgrade with impressive benchmarks

AMD has been producing top-quality products since its first innovation of EPYC chip back in 2017, with the first 2 generations of EPYC earning the company massive shares in the high-performance computing market. Bound to be the cornerstone in clouds, datacenters and supercomputers, AMD’s 3rd Gen EPYC x86 processors bring substantial leaps in performance and tackle workload-intensive applications across the board with more speed and economy.

Highly performant architecture

The new 7003 Series is built on AMD’s Zen 3 core architecture, and promises a 19% boost in instructions per cycle/clock (IPC) and a doubled L3 cache. Coupled with the Infinity Fabric™ Technology, the upgraded core delivers two-fold improvement in x86 performance, as well as twice the throughput for AI inference and INT8 performance over the previous generation. These improvements mean users will see lower latency in the most demanding workloads.

Enhanced cloud security

Another highlight that the new generation of processor brings is additional security. Known as the AMD Infinity Guard, the robust set of end-to-end security features creates an isolated execution environment and prepares the Zen architecture to defend against malicious hypervisor-based attacks.

To celebrate the inclusion of AMD’s EPYC™ 7003 Series in our lineup, LayerStack is bringing you promotional offers to selected plans so you can enjoy the new generation processor and what it has to offer. Stay tuned for more details and don’t miss out!

Latest Product and Feature Updates: May 2021

LayerStack consistently committed on improving and providing our valued customers with superior cloud computing services. We have revamped the plans and offers on LayerPanel (LayerStack New Generation Control Panel) as well as introduced a new OS, the highlights are listed below:

China Direct CN2 Route: Expanded our CN2 GIA network in Asia Pacific.  It is now available in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo regions.

Updates in Standard Cloud Servers plans: R008-HK has been removed while new included R001-HK with the billing cycle of 3-month and 12-month.  For more details, please view our price plan.

New OS & ISO template:  Newly added AlmaLinux 8 as one of the options in OS and ISO template.  If you are interested in migrating from CentOS 8 to AlmaLinux seamlessly and painlessly, please click here.

You can check out the release notes to get up to date information about product updates, and read about updates from the previous month here

Follow us on Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn to get the latest updates!

If you have any idea on improving our products or want to vote on other ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback on our Community platform. Feel free to pop by our community.

LayerStack officially includes AlmaLinux as CentOS replacement

When Red Hat decided to “shift investment” from CentOS towards the end of last year, the tech world was not happy (Dude, seriously? Isn’t the pandemic crazy enough?!). After what felt like an eternity, AlmaLinux – a one-for-one Open-source replacement of the soon-to-be-defunct CentOS – was released in late March and, at long last, ended the anger, confusions and drama from all fuming users.

It’s a huge deal to CentOS users – and LayerStack, too. Now LayerStack officially include AlmaLinux OS as part of our operating system options and ISO template for all your cloud computing needs. Check LayerPanel (LayerStack New Generation Control Panel) and our API for this stable yet license-free operating system.

Waiting is painful, and we make sure that waiting is the only hardest part. Check out our detailed tutorial where you can find the prerequisites and step-by-step guide for migration from CentOS 8, this is to ensure you have a painless and seamless setup and migration.

Still Err?  Visit our Community platform where you can find answers to common problems or submit your feedback.

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Coming Soon: LayerStack Load Balancer

Our engineering team has been working overtime to respond to the needs of our customers and the market. We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the LayerStack Load Balancer. What to expect? LayerStack Load Balancer autoscales across multi-regions.

LayerStack Load Balancer (LB) maximizes the capabilities of your applications by distributing traffic among multiple cloud servers regionally and globally through dedicated VLAN.  LB combines the powerful LayerPanel 2’s ease of use and affordable pricing with the high performance architecture, so you can further boost up the workloads.

Interested in using the LB?  Follow us on Facebook/ Twitter/ LinkedIn to stay engaged and get the latest product updates!

If you have an idea for improving our products or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback on our Community platform. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the Community.

LayerStack’s Dedicated CPU Cloud Servers Crowned 3rd by VPSBenchmarks

We once thought that we couldn’t make bricks without straw. Perhaps, in fact, we can’t. But wielding the power of cloud servers, you can run businesses in this technology-forward world without having to maintain on-premises infrastructure.

The real challenge, then, comes to finding a hosting solution – among all the providers, offerings, and cost options available – that fits your need. It is a bewildering task, and hours are spent. Fortunately, independent benchmarking platforms like VPSBenchmarks look at some of the top providers around the world and give credible monthly evaluations of their services.

Last month, LayerStack’s dedicated CPU cloud servers – DC108-HK – proudly ranked 3rd in the Best VPS category, in which VPSBenchmarks reviewed 15 similar cloud server offerings for their web performance, raw CPU power, stability and other factors.

At LayerStack, we strive to provide high-performance and reliable architecture that gives you the most bang for the buck.

With our dedicated CPU cloud servers, you have all resources available – 100% CPU power, clock speed, storage – at your disposal. You can enjoy every ounce of benefits that our superior infrastructure brings so your system can run at peak performance and maximum stability at all times. Market-leading hardware is an integral part of our cloud solutions, including the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™ (clock speed up to 3.3GHz) and the enterprise PCIe Gen 4 NVMe storage.

Having a dedicating server all to yourself without any CPU steal means performance is predictable and latency is low, making it perfect for workloads that require high and constant CPU processing, such as AI, machine learning, CI/CD, batch processing, and video encoding.

Interested in our other cloud server solutions? We’ve got you covered. LayerStack offers an arsenal of equally performant cloud server plan options that major benchmarking platforms and our clients continuously vouch for. Check below for details.

We hope you’ll give the new products and updates a try. If you have an idea for improving our products or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback on our Community platform. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the Community.

LayerStack’s Cloud Servers Attain Impressive Performance Benchmarks

Choosing the right cloud servicer can be a grind. You need to do your homework, or let others – namely Geekbench – do the homework for you and you read their results, here.

For most demand-heavy workloads, whether a cloud service is as good as they tell you essentially boils down to two key factors – how fast the CPU is, and how powerful the memory is. With LayerStack, you get the best of both worlds.

LayerStack’s latest high-frequency, turbo-boosted CPU clocking 3.4 GHz outperforms both Intel Skylake and Intel Xeon, according to Geekbench.

In terms of memory performance, LayerStack’s cloud servers get staggeringly better Geekbench scores than Intel Xeon Gold and Intel Xeon. With low latency and lightning-fast read/write speeds, our infrastructure lets you coast through any and all memory-intensive tasks.

VPSBenchmarks did their homework too! Check here to view details.

We hope you’ll give the new products and updates a try. If you have an idea for improving our products or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback on our Community platform. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the Community.

Latest Product and Feature Updates: Feb 2021

LayerStack is consistently committed to improving and providing our valued customers with superior cloud computing services. We have adjusted the plans and offers on LayerPanel as well as introduced new features, the highlights are listed below:

Global Private Network:  We are excited to announce that the Global Private Network is officially launched, it is now available in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Users can transfer data through the private Layer 2 connection (dedicated VLAN) between cloud servers regionally and globally. Through the private data link layer networks between instances, it increases security and privacy during data transfer by end-to-end encryption.

Cloud Servers with Enterprise PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD:  High Frequency CPU and Dedicated CPU cloud servers are equipped with the ultra-fast PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD (enterprise version).  NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) SSD enhances consistency, reliability and performance while increasing the efficiency for data storage, management, and accessibility.

Updates in Memory Optimized Cloud Server Plans: The specification of HM24-HK & HM48-HK have been upgraded while HM90-HK has been removed since 09 Feb 2021. Moreover, HM64-HK & HM128-HK have been newly added. For more details, please view the price plan.

You can check out the release notes to get up to date information about product updates, and read about updates from the previous month here

We hope you’ll give the new products and updates a try. If you have an idea for improving our products or want to vote on other user ideas so they get prioritized, please submit your feedback on our Community platform. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the Community.

Dedicated GPU For Cloud Servers

Dedicated GPU Cloud Servers

It is pleased to announce the new Dedicated GPU option specially designed for users with intensive and special computing needs. Users can harness the full power of dedicated GPU to achieve ultra-high performance computing cloud servers specialized in Data Parallel Computation, Machine Learning and Graphically-Intensive Projects.

Machine Learning

GPU is widely used in deep learning because of the strong capability of parallel computing. Compared to CPU, GPU has much more cores to learn representations automatically from data such as images, video or text. Thus, it helps to reduce machine learning training time from days to minutes, enabling researchers and developers to obtain faster, more accurate information from deep learning.

Graphically Demanding Applications

Besides, GPU is effective in video and image rendering. The long rendering time is always a major issue to creative professionals that tied up computing resources and stifled creative flow. Modern GPUs enable and accelerate the cloud servers to process video and graphic in higher-definition formats. Obviously, it is also powerful in computationally intensive gaming, providing gamers with smoother and higher-quality gaming experience.

Specification

LayerStack offers NVIDIA® Tesla T4 GPU for intensive users. T4 is a high rating GPU with 2560 CUDA cores and 320 Tensor cores, it has 16GB GDDR6 Memory and 40 RT core. Work together with best-in-class AMD EPYC2 CPU to deliver the best cloud performance for most demanding applications.

 

We very much value your feedback for future developments, please let us know your comments and suggestions on LayerStack Community.