MicroVM specification


In the post https://blog.bytemark.co.uk/2019/02/04/how-to-make-your-own-personal-vpn-in-under-5-minutes @pwhite talks about a MicroVM specification at £6 pcm. I can’t see that on the panel. Lowest price I can see is £10+VAT for a 1GB single CPU machine with 25GB SSD.

Can you shed any light?


Thanks for this! You’ll need to be on our dynamic billing system to enable MicroVMs.

You can read more about our new billing system below: https://blog.bytemark.co.uk/2018/11/30/docker-hosting-moving-secondary-discs

If you’d like to switch, please email support@bytemark.co.uk.


Interesting. Outline + rebranded B: looks like a better bet than the vpn service I’m currently using. For anybody else wondering, the MicroVM is currenly on the price list as

768 MB	/ 1 core / 5GB SSD / 10TB transfer /1 IPV4


I’m assuming that switching to Dynamic Billing will only affect cashflow, not cost. Does the number of invoices change?


Interesting, but what’s the expected ‘use case’?

In terms of memory and storage it’e pretty feeble.

My best guess is that it might make a Docker cluster more affordable. Now that is interesting!


@alphacabbage1 Correct, no cost change - and you’ll continue to receive 1 invoice a month, but its much simpler. Whereas our in-advance billing refunds and re-issues invoices upon account changes, ‘Dynamic Billing’ charges you for your total usage at the end of the month, calculated per minute.

@TonyRogers Agreed, it’s pretty feeble as compared to our other VMs, but is perfect for simple applications (like a small VPN), new applications (you can always resize later) and horizontally scaling applications (as you say, a Docker Swarm or Kubernetes cluster). I’ve listed a few more interesting use cases in the annoucement post: https://blog.bytemark.co.uk/2019/02/04/what-weve-shipped-micro-vms-swap-primary-ips-in-panel


I’ve been using it for a few weeks and have ditched my VPN provider. Having excellent mobile (to connect) and desktop applications (to manage) is a real perk too.


Innovative stuff BUT what about the long awaited and much promised ability to control dns auth from within the panel???


Thanks @pwhite. I’m Going In. I’ve ~2 months on the current vpn contract but I’ll be in well before then.


Expected launch next week - finalising monitoring and reliability as we speak. DNS is a mission critical service for many of our customers so we want to get it right first time.

If you’d like to see it before that, happy to show you (or anyone!) on a call - email support@bytemark.co.uk to schedule


Confirm whether this will include dns authority control from the panel for legacy domains or just new domains??


You will be able to switch legacy domains to use our new DNS nameservers, then control records on these via the GUI editor.


That’s outstanding news Peter. With release imminent I’d better stay at home!?!?

Periodically, I have users that enquire about encrypted email systems.
I think the ability to host encrypted email on a Symbiosis server would be a great new feature so I thought I’d forward the idea. What do you think?

Rgds Peter


RE: encrypted email system - could you explain more about what you require?

Encrypted storage, sending or something else?


This is now live!



My symbiosis install sends out using TLS is receiving server supports it, and vice versa. Obviously only the connection is encrypted, not the data.


On the topic of encrypted email I imagine something akin to the following but running on Symbiosis:

I have used PGP in the past but both parties must be ‘data smart’ for it to be successful ie it was a bit too complex to get working.

Here’s some more food for thought: https://youtu.be/4zNWLWtWgx0


Allan Buchan informs me that the product@ email address is no longer in use, it acted as a black hole, and support@ should be used instead.