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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Enter Giganews 1000 Days Prize Giveaway to win Drobo FS, iPad 2, and more!

We recently became the first Usenet provider in the world to provide 900 days of newsgroups retention and we haven't stopped growing our retention. Today, we currently provide 957 days retention. While some might try to match our retention, no Usenet provider matches our speed or reliability.

As the worldwide leader in Usenet retention over the past decade, we remain dedicated to supporting the NNTP protocol and providing the best service possible to our customers.

On May 2nd, we will become the first Usenet provider to store 1000 days of binary Usenet retention. To celebrate this milestone, we are pleased to announce the Giganews 1000 Days Prize Giveaway. Enter the Prize Giveaway to be eligible to win the following prizes:

Grand Prize:
Other Prizes:
  • iPad 2
  • PS3
  • Xbox 360
  • Twenty five (25) Giganews T-shirts

All existing Giganews customers are automatically entered into the 1000 Days Prize Giveaway based upon their account level and length of Giganews membership. Diamond customers receive two entries for each month of Diamond membership. Non-Diamond customers receive one entry per month of membership. For example, if you have been a Diamond for 5 years, you will automatically receive 120 entries. No entry required!

Non-Diamond members can automatically double their number of entries by upgrading to Diamond before we hit 1000 days of retention. If non-Diamond customers upgrade to Diamond on or before March 31st, you can also lock-in the $29.99 Diamond price.

Earn additional entries by following the instructions on the 1000 Days Prize Giveaway page.

Enter to Win!

When we hit 1000 days of newsgroups retention, we will draw names for the prizes and announce the winners on our blog. So check back here on May 2nd to see if you've won!

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Giganews first to 800 days retention -- and not stopping!

Leading the Retention MarathonA little over a year and a half ago, we announced that we were going to be the first Usenet provider with a year's retention. We got to that year, and then just kept going. We hit two years a little while ago, and still kept going. Today, we've hit 800 days of binary Usenet retention -- and we're still going.

800 days is just a number, though. None of that retention matters if we don't also have good quality. For all 800 days, we have over 99% of the articles. On top of that, when we lose servers or disks, you don't see random articles disappear temporarily. In fact, most customers don't notice anything at all. Finally, our oldest, 800-day-old articles are stored on the same servers as our newest articles. If you want to fetch posts from 800 days ago, they'll download just as fast as posts that arrived today.

Our software and systems were designed years ago to handle this level of retention. Today, we hit 800 days of retention, but we're already ready for the next 800 days and beyond. Please enjoy the retention, and keep an eye out for new features we'll be rolling out in the coming months.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

7 Things Newer than the Oldest Giganews Article

Here at Giganews, we're celebrating being the first and only Usenet provider to reach 2 years of high-quality binary retention.

What 2 years of binary retention gets you:
  • 2 years of images and files
  • 10 billion+ newsgroup articles
  • Over 4,000 TB of Usenet data

Think about the things that didn't even exist when the oldest accessible binary article was posted to Giganews Usenet:
We've done a lot for the Giganews infrastructure in order to accommodate the amount of data storage necessary to continue growing our retention capacity. Learn more about retention and the Giganews infrastructure.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

700 Days of Binary Retention and Counting

Giganews is excited to be the first Usenet provider with 700 days of high-quality binary retention!

When it comes to Usenet service, high-quality binary retention and superior completion rates aren’t features a Usenet provider can have at the snap of a finger. This level of service is no sudden decision; it begins as a conscious decision to build the highest quality Usenet experience possible.

At Giganews, we maintain a history of innovating in order to give you the best possible Usenet experience. From Giganews Accelerator to VyprVPN, we continue to offer new Usenet features as we increase retention. Check out the Giganews timeline below:

Giganews Timeline

Our people
A strong foundation starts with the people behind the service – here at Giganews we’re passionate about Usenet and we’re driven to constantly find new ways to improve the entire Usenet experience. From service and technicians to our network and infrastructure, we do it all as full-time employees on an in-house network. No part of Giganews Usenet service is contracted or outsourced.

Our service
Whether an article is a day old or 700 days old, we created a system we would want to use: service with 100% completeness, availability and unlimited speed. Most Usenet providers lack the infrastructure and in-house technical professionals needed to support long-term, high-quality retention. When they push their system to the limit, it fails and their members experience downtimes, incomplete articles and missing retention. Our system is built from the ground up, and we run it on our own in-house, multi-redundant network of servers.

We’d like to hear from you. Get in the conversation by commenting below.

Curious to learn more? Join the newsgroup discussion at giganews.general.

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