New VPN server in Finland: Welcome Helsinki!

author David Wibergh, about Announcements, Products & features

We're happy to announce that we have a VPN server in Helsinki now. Helsinki is the location of our first data center in Finland and we hope that it'll offer all our Finnish neighbours even better speeds than endpoints in other countries.

This means that OVPN almost has servers that covers all of the nordic countries, since we have VPN servers in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Only Iceland remains to have all of the nordic countries covered.

As always, the VPN server in Finland is physically owned by us and contains zero hard drives, is completely log free and has the same security features as in all of OVPN's datacenters.

Accessing the VPN server in Helsinki, Finland

There are a couple of different ways to connect to the VPN server in Helsinki.

Desktop client

As old server lists may be cached from before the servers were launched, please note that you might be required to manually log out and log in again to load the new server list. If you have yet to install the OVPN Desktop client, you can get started here.

  • Login to the OVPN Desktop client
  • Option 1: Choose "Select best server in Finland" in the first drop-down menu and press connect.
  • Option 2: Choose "Select server manually". Select the new server in Helsinki in the server list and press connect.

OpenVPN GUI and third party systems

To connect with OpenVPN GUI, Tunnelblick, Viscosity or any other third party VPN client, new configuration files for the Helsinki have been made available in each of their guides. Simply select your corresponding setup guide here and follow the steps.

Data center & server specifications

We're currently renting 1U in Creanova's data center on Hiomotie 10. As of now, we have a 1 Gbit/s uplink to their network. The current peering capabilities are RETN, Hurricane Electric and SuomiCom but Cogent and FNE will be added in the future.

As soon as we get close to reaching the max capacity of the server, we will make sure to send additional servers in order to continue delivering great speeds to our customers.

The server in the rack is of model Dell EMC PowerEdge R230 and is equipped with an Intel® Xeon® E3-1220v6 3.5 GHz processor, 8 GB RAM and 2x1 GbE Intel NICs. Just like in all other datacenters, the server operates without any hard drives or any other form of permanent storage.

Picture of the server

Our previous solution was to colocate three VPN servers and a switch per  datacenter. That approach turned out to be too expensive as we needed  to rent 10 height units in a rack as well as purchase the needed  hardware. We have modified our deployment setup so we only need to  colocate one server, without reducing any of our security requirements.

Can you guess which server that is ours in the image below? A hint is that it's the server without any hard drives :)

The Moomin characters in our illustration are owned by © Moomin Characters™.