Free snapshots, Sieve filters and more

A good, deep spring cleaning can really shake off the old, stale wintery feeling in a place and bring in new freshness and life. Deep, dark corners that haven't seen the light all year get swept out, furniture and even clothes get replaced and rearranged. It starts to seem like not even the same house anymore (or studio flat as the case may be).

But that kind of change is good, we think, and it's just the kind of spring cleaning we've been doing in every corner this spring. If you've been following us the last few months, you already know about a few.

This month, our new data centre infrastructure, FR-SD3, which we introduced in alpha testing earlier this year, is now in beta. We introduced free snapshots on Simple Hosting and then added an extra 10 Gb of storage to 20 Gb of storage free per instance. We also rolled out sieve server rules on Gandi Mail allowing free email filtering, sorting, auto-reply and more through our new SOGo webmail platform. We're also in Copenhagen this week for ICANN58. We have a brief update about .tel domains to make sure you're all aware of and then on to the TLD release calendar and promo roundup for March.

1. FR-SD3 is now in Beta
One area we've been freshening up lately is our hosting infrastructure. It was to that end that we introduced a new data centre earlier this year, FR-SD3. Since that introduction, FR-SD3 has been in alpha testing, but, everything having gone well so far, we're ready to take it into the beta phase.

Find out when and what that will mean for you:
news.beta.gandi.net/en/10791-FR-SD3-is-now-in-Beta

2. Update: Snapshots, 20 Gb storage now free on Simple Hosting
Speaking of hosting, on our Simple Hosting platform, we introduced free snapshots on Simple Hosting instances. Snapshots are a great tool for creating and scheduling backups.
Get the relevant details on this change: news.beta.gandi.net/en/10785-Free-Snapshots-on-Simple-Hosting
And not only that, we are now increasing the default disk size for Simple Hosting instances up to 20 Gb.
Check our announcement for specifics:
news.beta.gandi.net/en/10884-Simple-Hosting-more-storage-space-included

3. Filters, sorting, and auto-reply on Gandi Mail
Last month we introduced SOGo, our new webmail platform, in beta and this month we introduced the next development in our rethinking of our mail service: sieve server rules.

For those who are not familiar with Sieve, this means that you can add rules to your mailboxes, like spam filters, out-of-office replies, and sorting into folders.

Read how to activate and use Sieve filters:
news.beta.gandi.net/en/11026-Sieve-server-rules-activated-on-Gandi-Mail

4. Gandi at ICANN
This week from 11 March through 16 March, ICANN, the non-profit corporation that sets policy for all domains on the internet, is holding a public meeting in Copenhagen — ICANN 58. And representatives from Gandi will be there!

If you're there too, let us know. We'd be happy to meet up. Otherwise, these public meetings are great chances for, well, the public to weigh in on issues affecting internet policy. Even if you can't attend in person, many presentations and events have online chatrooms where anyone who registers can ask questions. Find out more and participate from the meeting schedule page:
schedule.icann.org/

5. Changes to .tel domains
Finally, a bit of housekeeping before we get on to the TLD release calendar and Promo roundup. The registry for .tel domains recently announced changes that will impact everyone with a .tel domain and anyone interested in getting one.
In short, these domains will no longer have to be directly linked to telephony.
If you have one of these domains, be sure to have a look:
news.beta.gandi.net/en/10980-Changes-to-.tel-domains

6. TLD Release Calendar
Wednesday 15 March:
  • .hospital (Landrush)
  • .企业 (.xn--vhquv, Chinese for «company») (Landrush)
  • .商店 (.xn--czrs0t, Chinese for «shop») (Landrush)
  • .娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a, Chinese for «entertainment») (Landrush)
  • .游戏 (.xn--unup4y, Chinese for «games») (Landrush)

Wednesday 22 March:
  • .hospital (GoLive)
  • .企业 (.xn--vhquv) (GoLive)
  • .商店 (.xn--czrs0t) (GoLive)
  • .娱乐 (.xn--fjq720a) (GoLive)
  • .游戏 (.xn--unup4y) (GoLive)

7. Promo Roundup
And now let's round up some promos.
Only in March, all month:
Starting 1 March:

Starting 7 March:

Ending 31 March:

Ongoing promos:

That's it for spring cleaning this month. If it seems like a lot of change, we're just cleaning house.

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