New EU VAT Rules Effective Immediately

New tax regulations imposed by the European Union require that from January 1st 2015, businesses who sell digital products and services to European customers should begin charging VAT at the rate of VAT in the country in which the customer is based. This is contrary to the previous rule, where VAT to EU buyers was to be charged at the rate of where the seller was based.

These new rules apply to the sale of most digital products and services, such as web hosting and domains names, including all Rapid Servers' products and services. The rules apply to all EU and non-EU based companies conducting business within the European Union.

How does it affect me?

In order to comply with the new rules, we will start charging VAT to all individuals and non-VAT registered businesses based in the European Union. If you currently live in one of the 28 EU member states, you will see VAT being added to your invoice at the rate applicable in your country. For example, if you are based in the Netherlands you will be charged 21% VAT on top of the monthly service fee. Each EU member country enforce a slightly varying VAT rate, ranging from 17% to 27%

Exemption for VAT-registered businesses

Registered companies with a valid VAT number are exempt from the rules and will not be charged VAT. The customer is responsible for paying the tax through the reverse-charge mechanism. If you are a VAT-registered business, it is therefore important that you update your account details with your VAT number.

For more information, see
http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/telecom/index_en.htm

A note on PayPal subscriptions

If you are affected by the new VAT rules and currently pay by PayPal Subscription, you will be required to manually alter the subscription to ensure you are paying the correct new amount. If you know this will affect you, we would recommend cancelling and creating a new PayPal subscription from the next invoice we issue to avoid any issues.

For reference, the 2015 VAT rates by country are available from this link.

Announcing the Rapid Servers Partner Program for Resellers and Affiliates

We are happy to announce that a new partner program is now available, allowing resellers and affiliates to leverage our technical platform and infrastructure in order to create their own revenue streams.

Members of the Affiliate Program are paid for each new client they refer to Rapid Servers. If you refer one of your website visitors or contacts to Rapid Servers and they make a purchase for any bare-metal dedicated server or managed server, you will be credited 100% of that server's total monthly price in commission. Click here to sign up for free!

The Rapid Servers Reseller Partner Program is designed to allow reseller hosting companies and IT consultants to leverage the facilities and network of Rapid Servers, while providing their own customer support. Rapid Servers Resellers take advantage of industry-best discounts, while having the peace of mind knowing that their clients are hosted with a solid and trustworthy partner. If you want to join our reseller program, just fill out the application form and an account manager will contact you shortly.

Grand Opening Sale - Massive Discounts and Promotional Offers Available!

To celebrate our grand opening we are announcing a limited time promotion, offering massive discounts and specials throughout our entire product line.

The following coupon codes are available:

grandopening25 - 25% Recurring Discount on All Servers
grandopening50 - 50% Off Any Server out 2014 (until Jan 2015)

Promotion codes applies to monthly billing only, and is only valid for one use per client/order.

Bare-metal Servers

Build a custom server from our large inventory, ranging from entry-level single processor servers to powerful quad processors. Free SSD upgrade is available with all servers, and dual processors and up includes hardware RAID-based storage.

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For a limited time, we also include our proactive management service for free with all new server orders. This premium service includes the following features (normally priced $95/month):

  • Proactive monitoring with instant downtime investigation
  • Initial server hardening and security audit
  • Routine server checkup and OS patches
  • 50 GB complimentary Idera Server Backups

Cloud Servers

Try our fully redundant, high-performance cloud service featuring pure SSD storage and automatic failover.

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Virtual Dedicated Servers

Semi-dedicated servers powered by CloudLinux, LiteSpeed web server, Percona and Memcached for ultimate performance and security.

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Magento & Wordpress Optimized Hosting

Our Magento and Wordpress optimized hosting are tailored solutions that offer extra security and performance for your mission critical applications.

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Introducing Rapid Servers LLC - the New Enterprise Hosting Provider

Delaware-based Rapid Servers LLC brings dedicated servers and enterprise cloud hosting to the SME market and specializes in application-specific hosting solutions.


WILMINGTON, DE, August 26, 2014 - Rapid Servers LLC, an enterprise hosting provider and service management company that offers high-end dedicated servers, enterprise cloud hosting and Magento performance optimization services, is now officially open for business.

Founded in 2014, Rapid Servers LLC offers a wide variety of hosting solutions for the SME market, which include bare-metal dedicated servers, virtual servers and cloud hosting. Additionally, the company specializes in application-specific hosting solutions for open source Web applications like Magento eCommerce and Wordpress.

"We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of Rapid Servers and finally open our doors to the public,"says Sindre Paulsrud Moe, CEO and Director of Rapid Servers LLC.
"I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has been working tirelessly night and day over the last couple of months toward this day."

The company strives to meet the growing demand for mission critical enterprise hosting by providing fully managed server solutions, including features like automatic failover, dynamic scaling and fast Solid-State Disk (SSD) storage. Services also include managed data backups, proactive server monitoring and performance optimization.

It is no secret that over the past few years, websites have gradually become more sophisticated and resource-hungry, making the choice of hosting for an online business owner arguably more important than ever. Slow websites, for instance, don't just turn away potential customers, but they can also do damage to a company's rankings in top search engines such as Google and Bing.

Continues Moe:

"Our servers and cloud hosting platform have been designed with redundancy and performance in mind from the ground up. For example, hardware-based RAID and mirrored disks are included in the default configuration of our bare-metal dual processor server line, and we offer a free SSD upgrade on all our server models. The Rapid Servers cloud is built entirely with ultrafast Solid-State storage to eliminate IO bottlenecks, and combines dual power and network with automatic failover to guarantee 100% uptime."

Rapid Servers offers 24/7/365 support via phone, live online chat and help desk tickets with a guaranteed response time within 30 minutes. For clients that require a fully managed service, proactive monitoring and "instant downtime investigation" is offered for an additional monthly fee.

For more information, visit www.rapidservers.com.

About Rapid Servers LLC

Founded in 2014 by experienced technology professionals and registered in Delaware, USA, Rapid Servers LLC, is a global provider of bare-metal servers, virtual hosting solutions and enterprise cloud hosting services. The company provides state-of-the-art service, combining the latest technologies and top-shelf hardware, backed by 24/7 support available 365 days a year. Owners, webmasters and hosting companies around the world expect unparalleled performance and reliability. Rapid Servers aims to exceed those expectations.