Maximizing Game Monetization with a CDN

Gaming is a global business, and new opportunities are being presented practically every day…for those with the knowhow. The golden rule when it comes to increasing revenue is to constantly increase your player base (number of players). The global market has presented an unprecedented potential for profit growth. The Internet provides over two billion people with access to various kinds of entertainment, and more than half of these people are potential gamers. Read more

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

Linux is a pleasure to use, and system administrators agree, especially on the last Friday in July, a.k.a. System Administrator Appreciation Day (a.k.a. SysAdmin Day, a.k.a. Sysmas).

In honor of Sysadmin Day, we’ve put together a list of our favorite features and Easter eggs in Linux. Enjoy! Read more

New Firewalls: Fortinet FG-100D


We recently started offering our clients a new firewall. In addition to the Cisco ASA 5512 and Cisco ASA 5508-X, we now offer the Fortinet FortiGate FG-100D.

The initial reaction from most of our clients went something along the lines of, “Why would you suggest this noname product over Cisco?” Truth be told, we had mixed feelings about it here at Selectel, too; however, our experience with these firewalls has shown us that this solution at least deserves a try. Read more

Containers and Security: Seccomp


When working with potentially dangerous, unverified, or simply raw software, developers often use sandboxes. These are special environments that isolate or restrict programs and code from accessing data outside the environment. Sandboxes limit the software’s network access, OS interactions, and information from IO devices.

Lately, people have been turning more and more towards containers for launching unverified and non-secure software. Read more

Mining Cryptocurrency: An Updated Glance


Way back in 2013, we wrote an article on Habrahabr (Russian) about Bitcoin mining. The main idea was that there was little profit in mining due to the difficulty of the algorithms. Things haven’t changed much up to now, and the market has been overtaken by mining behemoths from China, who operate mining farms the size of aircraft hangars.

In this article, we’d like to retract our statement and say that, for the time being, mining can be and is in fact profitable. Read more