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To our Patrons/Donors from the past and present; thank you!

With the immense help of all our donors and as well as patrons from our Patreon, we’ve been able to add a brand new dedicated storage server to our lineup of assets!

This server is most feature-rich in regards to storage capabilities and will surely prove to be a useful component of GekkoFyre Networks’ lineup of offerings.

If you are interested in participating towards our Patreon yourselves and providing a little coin to support all the charitable projects and activities we undertake, then by all means, please sign-up!

Your donations will provide for further expansion, marketing, etc. of all our projects which primarily concern the anthropomorphic (i.e. ‘furries’) and otherkin communities first and foremost.

You will also be supporting the addition and/or improvement of infrastructure itself around GekkoFyre Networks, such as is the case with the aforementioned server within this article.

New Control Panel UI for Cloud VPS Customers; Additional Server Location in North America

Just a week or so ago we had somewhat unannouncedly upgraded to an entirely new system at the very foundation of our infrastructure here at GekkoFyre Networks. What are we speaking of? Well, we migrated hypervisors, sort of, from the now oft-forgotten SolusVM to the far better supported, and more frequently updated Virtualizor. As such, it has come with a new Control Panel UI for our Fully Managed Cloud VPS client-base as you can see below.

We do sincerely apologize for the extended maintenance/outage period that was incurred as a result of this change, it went for a few hours more than expected. But the primary reason for this change, you ask? The backups that the former hypervisor manager were generating just weren’t reliable nor frequent enough. It took two full days to generate backups for only three machines, despite the fact that we have 25+ servers at the time of writing this. Ideally, we want backups to happen on a daily basis for most VMs and this just wasn’t possible beforehand.

As of late, we have also acquired a new server location in Beauharnois, Canada! Which is right near the border with the United States, making it an excellent dedicated game server for North Americans in general. This came about through the merging of multiple, disparate bare-metal servers at the end of the month to save on infrastructure costs overall in the medium-to-long term. As a side-effect, we ended up with a server possessing a rather large amount of resources in a new location from which we can add new clients towards!

Please note though that if you are a current client based on our primary London, U.K., server right at this instance, we are not accepting applications for migrations towards Beauharnois just yet. This will soon come in the near-future, so please be patient. We need all the resources we can get at the moment for individuals signing-up for dedicated game services.

Poll: What should we create for a community-run game server?

So! In our effort of continuing to provide charitable services to the furry, otherkin, and therian communities, we wish to start providing an entirely community-run game server to all the critters out there, free-of-charge and run-by-the-wildlife!

As a result of this, we invite you to vote in the poll just below (up to a three possible unique times!) and have your voice heard in this democratic process. We wish for everything to be done, performed, created, and maintained by the community-at-large as much as possible, since it is you that keeps the lights on at GekkoFyre Networks.

What kind of community-run game server should we create and maintain?

  • Minecraft (w/ extensive MOD support) (50%, 4 Votes)
  • Factorio (25%, 2 Votes)
  • OpenTTD (25%, 2 Votes)
  • Don't Starve Together (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Xonotic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Squad (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Insurgency (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rust (0%, 0 Votes)
  • ARK: Survival Evolved (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Arma 3 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Team Fortress 2 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Garry's Mod (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Unturned (via RocketMod) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Your choice matters greatly within the poll and will decide the future of GekkoFyre Networks, but please, don’t allow that to cause fear from voting! We sincerely appreciate every vote made and need as many as possible to make the best decision attainable.

Lastly, it should be noted that the server in question will be located within Kansas, United States. The one we currently have is loaded up with tons of resources and a modern, Intel Xeon CPU. It can handle any modern video game that you throw at it, along with several more! We always make sure to choose dedicated, bare-metal servers at GekkoFyre Networks that will provide not only room for growth, but will also give a large buffer in terms of high-performance for our customers. Not only that, but they must also be rock-solid stable in how they perform, meaning that there’s very little downtime.

Be sure to share this blog article with your friends! Whether it is by a Twitter post, Mastodon RAWR/Toot, via Discord servers, a Telegram chat, or by some other means ^,==,^ More votes equals a better video-game dedicated server choice for everyone!

Revamped Network Status page with more servers

Only a small update but we have revamped our Network Status instance with the newer servers that have become part of our repertoire as of late. This is also a notice that if you haven’t already done so yet, you should become a subscriber to any and possibly all of future network-related incidents here at GekkoFyre Networks, so you are kept up-to-date instead of left wondering why your website is having issues! Not that we often have infrastructure issues, that is *wink wink*.

But if you are interested in becoming a subscriber and receiving email alerts as such, just navigate to this page and scroll down to the bottom where upon you will find a Green button with an outline that is aptly titled, “Subscribe”. You then select the servers which interest/concern you and that is it! You will receive all future alerts at your designated email address up and until the point you ever decide to unsubscribe.

Release of Gaming Services at long last!

It’s true! We have officially launched our Gaming Services platform at long last! After months of all that waiting, delays, cancellations, and what not, we are finally here with an official release and an acquired, ready-to-go gaming server in Kansas, Missouri, that is all setup and tested. Down below on this page you may see screenshots of how our Pterodactyl.io powered gaming server appears after all those months of patiently waiting…

We would love to hear your opinion on the look and feel of this control panel within our Official GekkoFyre Networks Discord Server, so please, come join us and have a chat! The games that are available as of the moment include the following:

Further games will be coming shortly and we highly recommend that you subscribe to our newsletter to stay-in-the-loop! If there’s a game you would like to see yourself then feel free to make that recommendation to us. It should also be noted that while we might’ve said in the past that we were going to use XenoPanel as our primary gaming control panel of choice, we actually decided to severe our relationship with LiamSystems due to the owner of said company, Liam Denston, acting in a most unprofessional manner towards GekkoFyre Networks and our staff members. If you were hoping to use XenoPanel yourself then we do sincerely apologize.

Australia, Bush-fires & Having to Evacuate

There are currently very severe bush-fires raging in Victoria, Australia, when you head east of Melbourne. They were primarily situated in Bunyip State Park but have just recently broken the boundaries of such and are now threatening the township of Drouin, where I live, not to even mention all of the adjacent communities. If you have a look at the screenshot below, which is taken from my phone, you will notice that the blackened areas are where the fire has already decimated and the area emblazoned in Red, are locations that are at immediate threat to life itself and livelihood.

In the event that I do have to evacuate, the following staff members of GekkoFyre Networks will be taking over a guardianship role of the company in my place:

  • Arctic Emerald
    • Overseeing the infrastructure and general health of the site
  • Davwyn Edward
    • Lead Discord Administrator
  • Saros
    • Discord Administrator

I do have in my possession quite a high-end notebook along with 40 GB of cell-phone data, so I will try to do my very best to administrate this company from the position of what will be a large shelter. That said, there shall be no disruptions in service given how everything is planned out. You may still freely continue to sign-up to our services and receive technical support as needed, as we’ve covered all areas where there could be a lack of continuity. Given the situation at the moment even, I might not have to evacuate after all. We’re just planning for the very worst so that everyone is prepared.

Now onto some lighter news. We recognized that there were some unusual behaviors around the site after migrating to the new look and feel and as such, we have taken corrective action for them. There are still some issues that require fixing but for the most part, the site is now in excellent condition. Please continue to report any sightings of unusual behavior and we’ll get right onto it :)

We have expanded with newly acquired Gaming Server!

As it turns out, we have a huge proportion of gamers who desire a North American location! Because of this, we have a newly acquired high performance game server, currently in the building stage, with the following specifications:

  • CPU: Intel i7 [ 7700K ] (overclocked)
    • 4-cores / 8-threads – 4.7 GHz / 5 GHz (turbo)
  • Memory: 64 GB DDR4 2400 MHz ECC RAM
  • Disk: SoftRAID 2 x 450 GB NVMe + SoftRAID 1 x 4 TB SATA
  • Network: 500 Mbps bandwidth

Although we do have to offer our sincerest apologies regarding the location of this server. We tried our hardest to obtain one within Kansas, United States, as originally promised but by the time we went to make the purchase, all the servers with our planned, original requirements at said host were no longer available. So instead, we obtained one within Canada approximately 1,600 km away (1000 miles) in the city of Beauharnois. For those knowledgeable in the web-hosting business, you can probably work out which wholesale provider we’ve gone with simply from the information we’ve given in this update ;)

GekkoFyre Networks offers managed hosting though and that’s what sets us apart from many of our contemporary competitors. Plus we almost exclusively cater to the needs and whims of the anthropomorphic community as well as that of individuals who identify as otherkin or therian.

With the server being only 1,600 km away from the originally planned destination, there should be a negligible effect on latency at the most, if any. We are speaking from both experience and as professionals on this.

The release of our gaming services shouldn’t be far off any longer with this server in the building stage! Our wholesaler has told us that it will take up to the middle of next week to configure and get working before finally being provisioned off to our business account, after which we can start doing our own preparations. If you have any ideas, suggestions, critique, or anything else, then we highly recommend that you join our little Discord server and have a fireside chat with our administrator, volunteer staff, and community members!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who voted in the gaming server location poll. Not only was your contribution sincerely appreciated, but it actually had a deciding factor on the direction we would take next at GekkoFyre Networks. We honestly had no idea that there was such a large proportion of gamers who preferred that a server be located in North America over West Europe.

Poll: Game Server Locations – United States and/or United Kingdom?

Because our video game services will be releasing soon, proper, we need to decide on the locations of where to invest in our first high performance game servers for this very purpose and determine if only a single location or even two is worthwhile. So please, cast your vote below and let us know if we are to start off with a single location in only either Kansas, United States, or London, United Kingdom. If we receive a fair amount of votes for both locations, then we’ll get servers for each!

Would a Patreon have been a better option?

  • Yes. (50%, 1 Votes)
  • No, this donation page is sufficient. (50%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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We cannot stress enough how important this vote of yours is to us as you’re literally deciding the future of GekkoFyre Networks by casting your wish here. That said though, we do want this to be an eloquently fun thing to do, as we desire to be as transparent as possible when interacting with both current and future clients! It is you who make our existence possible.

New Server Status & Health Area; Keep up-to-date…

We are happy to release our new Server Status & Health area of GekkoFyre Networks, where you can keep up-to-date on the latest happenings of outages, system interruptions, downtime, etc. regarding any of the servers and/or front-end interfaces for our entire infrastructure! You will even notice that at the bottom, there is an area where you may subscribe to updates relating to outages/downtime for all or some of the servers that you are interested in.

This section of the site is not entirely complete yet, as we do plan on adding some metrics to it such as the amount of bandwidth that is being processed by GekkoFyre Networks at any one time. This will of course be backdated by a few hours for security reasons. But let us know what you think in our official Discord server!