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    Whats Happened To Rus From ThrustVPS?

    Hello,

    I heard a rumor that ThrustVPS has been sold and all other brands which Rus had acquired over recent months have been merged to thicken the client base of ThrustVPS, I also notice that his signature on here has changed to "Nothing here to see...move along"

    I first noticed something last week when I went to GigeVPS to purchase a VPS and I noticed that GigeVPS forwards to ThrustVPS...

    Whats going on Rus?

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    As far as i know (read on here when it happened) he had personal issues he needed to deal with and sold the company. Thats about the extent that i know. I know some other people will chime in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscott04 View Post
    As far as i know (read on here when it happened) he had personal issues he needed to deal with and sold the company. Thats about the extent that i know. I know some other people will chime in.
    I thought he didn't own the company, iomart did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtodd View Post
    I thought he didn't own the company, iomart did.
    I find it all confusing TBH who actually owned it but the main face of it was Rus...

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    I think GigeVPS was purchased by Thrust last year, though I'm not 100% sure.

    Rus is a startup curator for sure... he does a great job at putting together a good company for someone to purchase and build upon.

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    It would be nice if Rus could make an official announcement and clear it up. Most people here have a lot of respect for Rus and are not starting these threads to slagg him off. I know he will probably read this - please can you keep you let us know what's happening?

    It's odd though like a month ago he was in florida , orlando where his Gigevps is based..

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    Interesting, what datacenter does he operate out of in Orlando? I have worked or been in most here, there are not that many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IGobyTerry View Post
    I think GigeVPS was purchased by Thrust last year, though I'm not 100% sure.

    Rus is a startup curator for sure... he does a great job at putting together a good company for someone to purchase and build upon.
    Right Rus purchased gigevps from Jacob in July or so of last year.

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    hazenet.co.uk is also redirecting to thrustvps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RapidRick View Post
    Interesting, what datacenter does he operate out of in Orlando? I have worked or been in most here, there are not that many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoftGeeks View Post
    hazenet.co.uk is also redirecting to thrustvps.
    I believe all the brands he acquired now point to thrustvps and all the clients from the various brands have been merged to thrustvps.

    No announcement, etc its all rather strange...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGOBLUE View Post
    In case of Gigevps, I belie it was located in DimeNOC Orlando
    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by cd/home View Post
    I believe all the brands he acquired now point to thrustvps and all the clients from the various brands have been merged to thrustvps.

    No announcement, etc its all rather strange...
    He wrote an email about gige I think. Hazenet was operated as a separate brand for a while and he even made some posts himself. I see that it's pointing so i'm wondering if people on the hazenet plans were able to keep the pricing they had?

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    I was under the impression that Rus didn't even own the company's, It was owned by some big UK Internet Service Provider, I don't want to put out any information just incase if it's not needed to be placed.

    But I know Rus was hired to manage a few companys that are owned by a big UK ISP.

    I'm not sure, I could be wrong but I still do know that Thrust is still owned by them, aswell with GigeVPS.

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    I am also thinking that the company is separate and it is not acquired by Mr.Rus. However the doubts and queries regarding this can be cleared by only one person i,e; Rus himself.

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    Rus Foster is infamous for starting dirt cheap vps companies with unsustainable prices and business models and flipping the companies/selling them off after a year to make a quick profit.

    JVDS
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    CheapVPS
    FSCKVPS
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    ThrustVPS
    DamnVPS

    Just to name a few of his companies past and present over the last 5+ years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RapidRick View Post
    Interesting, what datacenter does he operate out of in Orlando? I have worked or been in most here, there are not that many.

    Rick
    Rick,

    Pretty sure it was HostDimes datacentre.

    EDIT: Didn't see other posts.
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    Unsuprisingly he has not merged iovps yet with thrustvps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaAnime View Post
    Yep



    He wrote an email about gige I think. Hazenet was operated as a separate brand for a while and he even made some posts himself. I see that it's pointing so i'm wondering if people on the hazenet plans were able to keep the pricing they had?

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    Had a windows vps with Thrust for a month - seemed decent but then that project was put on hold

    was considering signing up again but not so sure now - who else would be recommended?

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    I just sent a PM to Rus. Hopefully we can get him to reply here.

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    Looks like Rus ignored my PM.

    Anyway, I sent in this support ticket:

    There are rumors going around that Thrust is else being sold off, or will be going down soon, and that Rus isn't around anymore. Although I'm not sure if these rumors are true or not, I'm a bit worried about my VPS.

    Could you explain what is really happening.

    Thank you.
    And got this reply from a senior staff member:

    I can assure you that Thrust is not going under, sold of or anything of the type, infact the company is growing stronger and stronger by the day. We're a sister company of a Major group within the industry and run two Major brands.

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    This is all rather strange how Rus has just vanished like this...

    Has he passed on, IE Died?

    However his tactics of recent are questionable: http://www.asim.pk/2010/08/26/thrust...way-from-them/

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    Wait what?

    Rus sold Thrust & GigeVPS? :/

    I would love to hear his side of this, that's crazy he has not responded to this yet either.
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    Rus never did own Thrust. He was the brand manager of GigeVPS and Thrust::VPS for IOMart. You obviously haven't read the last few posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cd/home View Post
    However his tactics of recent are questionable: http://www.asim.pk/2010/08/26/thrust...way-from-them/
    I think Asim Zeeshan's tactics are even more questionable...reading more about that whole story convinced me that Zeeshan is a pretty sleazy guy trying to make a quick buck based on a typo domain. Not the sort of guy who makes the world a better place. His narrative conveniently leaves out key parts of the story.

    Rus F0ster (long time readers here will get that joke) may be a buffoon, but Zeeshan is just pathetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raindog308 View Post
    I think Asim Zeeshan's tactics are even more questionable...reading more about that whole story convinced me that Zeeshan is a pretty sleazy guy trying to make a quick buck based on a typo domain. Not the sort of guy who makes the world a better place. His narrative conveniently leaves out key parts of the story.

    Rus F0ster (long time readers here will get that joke) may be a buffoon, but Zeeshan is just pathetic.
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    Surely he hasn't passed on... he has been logged in WHT today!

    ~W

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    They warned about merge with gigevps a long time ago.

    Dear All,

    We are pleased to announce that GigeVPS is now part of the NetIntelligence Ltd group of companies. Jacob Wall, the old owner, will be staying around for a bit to help with a smooth transfer. We know that in any company purchase there are always a few questions that people ask which we will quickly cover below

    Q: Will there be any price increases for existing customers?

    A: We don't see any need for price increases at this time

    Q: What changes are you going to make?

    A: We currently are planning on adding on some new feature such as remote backup space and DNS hosting as well as upgrading the hardware you are hosted on.

    The new management team has over 10 years each in the hosting industry and we are very friendly and happy to hear from anyone with any questions or concerns. As such if you have a question please open a sales or support ticket and we will happily take the time to sit down and write a personal reply. We would also like to hear what you think could make this company even better.

    Thanks for reading

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    You don't have to reboot for this upgrade to be applied and we will will be rolling it out today.

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    As you are aware a few months ago ThrustVPS bought up the assets of GigeVPS. As part of this we are going to be merging the GigeVPS into ThrustVPS. Your VPS IP and data will NOT change. Your support login, billing login and SolusVM login will however change. There will not be any downtime for your VPS service as part of this merge. We will be emailing each user individually with there new details once they have been migrated over to the new support+billing systems. IF you have any questions over this please let us know

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    For all ThrustVPS Clients, has Rus answered any of your tickets lately?

    ~w

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    Nope, not in a long time. I'm guessing he left iomart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveC8 View Post
    Nope, not in a long time. I'm guessing he left iomart.
    I have seen some new faces on tickets lately.
    'Ryan etc.

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    For anyone that hasn't noticed this you may want to check this out:
    http://twitter.com/#!/rusfoster

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    Hmm... where is he working now?

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    He seems to be taking a break.
    My guess is that he has left IOMART and he may start up his own host after a break.

    You never know..

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    Rus from ThrustVPS is new MD at VPS.net

    Not sure if this has already been revealed?


    We also welcome a new face and member of the team, Rus Foster. An industry veteran, Rus has been in the VPS market for nearly a decade. His experience gives VPS.net a great new future. Rus takes over from Nick as the new managing director. With hisfire and drive to make VPS.net the leading cloud and VPS provider, there are exciting times ahead! We've got a number of new things coming up in the next few months that will make us your favorite webhosting company. If you have any comments or questions you can email Rus directly at [email protected].
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    How many companies is this now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTremo View Post
    How many companies is this now?
    His 23782388237823782378th.
    Well seems like it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maafia View Post
    His 23782388237823782378th.
    Well seems like it..
    He's had more companies than Black Sabbath has had vocalists!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTremo View Post
    He's had more companies than Black Sabbath has had vocalists!
    He must have a lot of experience and inside knowledge about VPS hosting business
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    Quote Originally Posted by HUGOBLUE View Post
    He must have a lot of experience and inside knowledge about VPS hosting business
    Correct, Building them up then flipping them

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