New VPN server in the UK: Welcome back London!

author David Wibergh, about Announcements, Products & features

We're happy to announce that we once again have VPN servers in London. Our history with London has many similarities with brexit - we joined, we left, we rethought our decision and now we're back again.

Instead of having three servers in London which we did previously, we've now colocated one server. That gets our monthly cost down which once again enables us to offer our British customers high speed privacy.

As always, the VPN server in London 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 London, United Kingdom

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

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 United Kingdom" in the first drop-down menu and press connect.
  • Option 2: Choose "Select server manually". Select the new server in London 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 London 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 Digital Realty Meridian Gate's data center on Street 215 Marsh Wall. As of now, we have a 1 Gbit/s uplink to M247.

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  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.