Hi, I recently aquired a poweredge 1750, 2.4ghz xeon, 2x512mb ddr266 rdimm ecc. Still have to get hdd's.
I want to colocate the server for a couple of months and get used to remote managing linux. Is it feasable to use this server for webhosting ?
Also, Is it possible for me to run a benchmark that could tell me how powerfull of a web server it could be while not on a network ?
I'm not expecting much performance from the server but some is better than none, only paid 30 euro for it to my door.
It's really going to depend on what you're hosting on it. That is, how dynamic or static it is.
Is it feasible? Depending on the content certainly. My concern would more centre around replacement parts. Eventually the components will fail and finding replacements on older hardware is sometimes more difficult and expensive then finding the same for more current equipment.
If you're trying to gauge your ability to administrate a Linux machine I'd probably suggest to either a) Set it up as a home server and muck around with it. Install different daemons and get used to their logging capabilities and features. Compile items from scratch and play with the package manager (if your chosen distribution has one). Or, b) Get a dedicated server with one of the many dedicated server providers out there. A couple listed below;
The box will do hosting sure, depends what you want to host on it that will define if it can handle it or not.
I have a old 1750 laying around here and they really are power hungry for such poor specification.
I genuinely belive it will be cheaper to rent a box than colocate that box. If memory serves me right it will use between 1-1.5+ Amps but has been along time since i powered mine on. To utalise 1-1.5+ amps on a 1u colocation package i think you are going to be looking realisticly around the £100+ per month to colocate.
If you're just trying to learn remote admin, get a cheap VPS and go wild. If you break anything, click a few buttons on a control panel, re-image it and try again.
For anything production, a dedicated server would be a better idea than colo'ing. Not only would you get more powerful hardware (an atom would probably outperform it), it would also be cheaper because of the power consumption on that box.
Unless you have an very powerful/custom server or a lot of servers, colo will be significantly more expensive than renting the server.
In addition to the base fees, keep in mind that colo'ing unreliable gear is especially bad if its remote. If things break you need to pay for both the replacement part and for remote hands to install it. For example, if your power supply blows out, with a dedicated server, you'd submit a ticket, have it replaced and be back online in a couple hours. With colo, if you didn't stock spares of everything, then you'll buy the replacement, wait around for the part to ship, then wait until it can be installed.
mkc is right if you are learning the ropes. Go with a VPS in case you screw something up. I have 1 1750 left in production in a colo. It does use a good deal of power and isn't the best option for colo. That platform is pretty old and you can get a cheap dedicated with a modern processor that will bury that thing.
Dell PE1750 will serve well. Not sure why anybody would underestimate it.
Your house computer, is just that ... full of consumer grade parts ... While it might be faster, I don't think it is as reliable.
In my experience and if I recall correctly, the PE1750 may need more than 200 Watts of power. So if power is not your issue, then I am sure that server will work well for you, a reliable one indeed. We had bunch of Dell 1750/2650 servers that ran 24x7 for years with surprisingly very few failures.
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With older models of any server your worst enemy is always going to be Productivity vs Power. Power is the most expensive part of colocation now days with some prices ive seen at £65/70/month Per AMP. Tally that with bandwidth and the colocation price itself it can start to add up.
Short term a cheap server may look attractive, but long term the price can overtake the cost to buying a more powerful modern machine.
As the OP said he was looking to utalise as a short term fix thats fine.
A quick example.
Cheap Server - £30
1 Year Colo @ 1AMP Power - £1140 (£95/month)
Total - £1170/year.
New Server - £500/600
1 Year Colo @ 0.5AMPS - £480 (£40/month)
Total - £980-£1180/year
Of course just my opinion of utalising a newer bit of hardware will serve better long term.