Anycast IP VPS FREE How-to
What is Anycast?
Anycast is a routing feature BuyVM offers for free to all customers. With a functioning Anycast configuration inbound traffic will be routed to the VPS that is nearest to the visitor (i.e. European visitors will go Luxembourg, United States visitors depending on their location will go to either Las Vegas, New York or Miami, Asia visitors will go to Las Vegas, South American visitors will go to Miami etc.).
Anycast requires customer to have a KVM Slice in all four BuyVM locations (Las Vegas, New York, Miami and Luxembourg).
Why use Anycast?
Anycast helps speed up your sites or other services by putting visitors on server closest to them. Closest server choice results in low latency and higher throughput. It is ideal for CDN (Content Distribution Network).
Does AnyCast Have DDOS Protection?
We offer DDOS Protection for AnyCast for $5.00 monthly which is powered by Cloudflare Magic Transit.
How much does AnyCast VPS cost ?
Anycast is FREE for all BuyVM VPS customers. The cost will be three VPS purchases. Anycast DOES work on our popular 512MB monthly plans.
How to Enable BuyVM Anycast
- On any of your three VPS accounts go to the Networking tab, gearbox in the mainip box → Assign Anycast IP (will be given option to set up to 5 anycast IPs, only one is needed)
- On each applicable VM, go to Networking tab, ensure Anycast IP is `on`, hit 'Save Changes'
- On each applicable VM, bind regular IP to eth0, Anycast to eth0:0 with only Address and Netmask fields
Sample /etc/network/interfaces from lv-test.buyvm.net, which uses Anycast:
root # cat /etc/network/interfaces
auto lo iface lo inet loopback auto eth0 allow-hotplug eth0 iface eth0 inet static address 18.104.22.168 network 22.214.171.124 gateway 126.96.36.199 broadcast 188.8.131.52 netmask 255.255.255.0 auto eth0:v6 allow-hotplug eth0:v6 iface eth0:v6 inet6 static address 2605:6400:0020:0078::1 gateway 2605:6400:0020::1 netmask 48 auto eth0:anycast allow-hotplug eth0:anycast iface eth0:anycast inet static address 184.108.40.206 netmask 255.255.255.0
* Standard naming practice is eth0, eth0:0, eth0:1, etc. I use eth0:v6/eth0:anycast simply to identify bindings easier.