As you may have noticed, we have done a bit of rebranding from ‘INCOG.HOST’ to ‘IncogNet’. This rebranding stems from two major factors:
- First, the ‘.host’ TLD is cheap and a bit spammy. It’s automatically filtered as spam on some websites when shared (such as on reddit) and generally isn’t associated with legitimate business. The domain will possibly still be used internally where needed, such as for nameservers, hostnames, etc.
- Second, we are legally operating our business under the entity of, “IncogNet LLC”, short for “Incognito Networks”. As such, changing our website URL to represent that of our business name just sort of made sense.
With this update in our name came a slight update in our branding. You may still see the old URL used in some areas of the site until we make the complete move over, things like our customer portal still reside under the old name but will soon be moved over as well.
Big improvements and upgrades are coming to our services! We’re rolling out DDoS protected, distributed anycast DNS for our ad-blocking VPN service!
This means that your VPN location will query the closest DNS server to it to serve your request. This is a BIG upgrade to our current VPN offering which is currently utilizing a single location (Luxembourg) to serve your DNS requests from. Not only will this new setup decrease the total lookup time for each request, it will also harden the entire service by removing a point of service failure. This new setup will allow for one or more DNS server to be offline (due to outage, maintenance, etc) without impacting the ability of the VPN service to still function as intended. If one server fails to respond, the request will be sent to another one until the lookup is complete.
But that’s not all! We’re obsessed with quality. We may be a small team of people here but we’ve all been in this industry a long time and have been a customer of many other providers over the years. We will only offer you services that we ourselves would use for our own projects. That’s why we’re revamping our shared hosting offerings. The new shared hosting service will include more super fast storage, on a much larger server with faster, and more CPU cores, and will utilize CloudLinuxOS to better allocate guaranteed resources to each customer while improving security and performance of your hosting. The previous features such as DDoS filtering, I2P network and Tor network hosting and encrypted webmail will certainly be included as well!
When will you start offering your Virtual Private Server or Network Node service?
We’ve had this question in our ticket queue often recently. To be honest, we can not yet quite say for sure. We’re still locating server hardware and trying to shop for good deals, which are harder to find than they were pre-COVID. Rest assured however that we still plan to launch our VPS and Network Node service on our own, owned hardware located in private rackspace in our Luxembourg location. We’re offering our current and existing services from rented resources until we’re able to transition them onto our own hardware in the future, but want to wait until we own our hardware before we jump into the VPS and Network Node market. We want to do this proper, we want to do this right. That means we need to outright own our hardware, maintain our own ASN / IP space and be in control over as much as possible. This will allow us to not only provide you a better, more cost efficient service but will allow us more freedom in operation. While we are very eager to begin offering these services, we do not want to rush into it and want to do it right.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve got something else up our sleeve that we are building and may offer as a beta-service in the coming months. Without going into much detail or naming what the service may be, imagine a way to take your Content and Deliver it over an anycast Network so that your content is delivered to the viewer from a server that is closest to them…. This is a project that is currently on the roadmap but something we have yet to break ground on, so to speak. But be on the lookout for this.
Until next time,