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New VPN server in Singapore

David Wibergh, about Announcements

OVPN has deployed a VPN server in Singapore, Singapore. China's Communist Party marks its 70th anniversary today. The censorship in China is fierce, and we hope that our new VPN server in Singapore will be able to help people circumvent the Great Firewall of China.

Singapore is our 17th region and our 13th country. Our plans are to continue deploying additional servers in different countries and regions, so please let us know where you want servers.

As always, the VPN server in Singapore 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 data centers.

Accessing the VPN server in Singapore, Singapore

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

Desktop client

In order to connect to the VPN server in Singapore, you'll need to be running 1.5.2 since this new VPN server is running a special OpenVPN configuration in order to circumvent restrictions.

If you've already updated to 1.5.2 and can't see Singapore as an option, 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 Singapore" in the first drop-down menu and press connect.
  • Option 2: Choose "Select server manually". Select the new server in Singapore 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 Singapore 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 Equinix's data center on 26A Ayer Rajah Crescent. As of now, we have a 1 Gbit/s uplink to M247's network. The current peering capabilities are Telia, PCCW, China Mobile International and Tata Communications.

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 data centers, 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  data center. 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 :)

David Wibergh