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    Any providers with 256GB RAM?

    I currently have a server with 32GB RAM, and I plan on getting one with 256GB RAM in a few months. I know thats a long span of time, but I just want to get a general idea of the pricing structure for servers with that amount of RAM.
    I know you can get 72GB RAM for around $100, so something like $300-400 should be good. But if I'm wrong about that, let me know.
    Again, I am not looking to buy this at the moment, but in a few months.

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    What location are you looking for? You can also pay an upfront cost to reduce the monthly cost at alot of providers if that helps.

    WebNX.com are ones that come to mind, we have several 256GB memory systems with them for our customers with larger databases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott.Mc View Post
    What location are you looking for? You can also pay an upfront cost to reduce the monthly cost at alot of providers if that helps.

    WebNX.com are ones that come to mind, we have several 256GB memory systems with them for our customers with larger databases.
    USA only. If I can get the server for an affordable price, I am ready to buy it outright. So paying an upfront shouldn't be a problem. How much do you pay them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhamaniasad View Post
    USA only. If I can get the server for an affordable price, I am ready to buy it outright. So paying an upfront shouldn't be a problem. How much do you pay them?
    WebNX are on the West coast in LA, you could consider ionity.com if you want central.

    Customers have paid all sorts, some have paid setup fees, others just pay the full monthly rate. For those setups it's also not as straight forward as they where ordered at the same time as ~50 other servers so different discounts/negotiations apply. I'd suggest you drop them an email at [email protected] for a quote with you needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhamaniasad View Post
    I currently have a server with 32GB RAM, and I plan on getting one with 256GB RAM in a few months. I know thats a long span of time, but I just want to get a general idea of the pricing structure for servers with that amount of RAM.
    I know you can get 72GB RAM for around $100, so something like $300-400 should be good. But if I'm wrong about that, let me know.
    Again, I am not looking to buy this at the moment, but in a few months.
    With 72gb ram for $100, you are probably looking at hardware that is a few generations old. $300-$400 may not be enough depending on what exact specs you want and if you want the latest generation of hardware.

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    Yep, latest gen hardware will run a lot more with that size.
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    256GB of RAM is not really a LOT considering the huge VPS nodes the people buy nowadays. Most providers will be able to accommodate your needs. Like others said, ask them if they allow you to pay a setup fee / one-time fee for the RAM.
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    Check out Database by Design Llc. They have some crazy server configs for reasonable prices. They used to do buy downs as well. Net Depot will also do buy downs to get you in your price range.

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    The $100 for 72GB RAM is an old server from off-lease bought on EBAY.
    You cannot compare that to what a 256GB RAM server will run.
    Just the cost of 16 x 16GB RAM modules will run you over $300/month, not including the remainder of the server which I can estimate will be at least another $300. So realistically from a good provider, with good features, good redundancy, good support -- your budget needs to be around $600-$800/month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhamaniasad View Post
    I know you can get 72GB RAM for around $100
    I think he means $100 per month, not $100 one off.

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    If you contact any reputable provider i'm sure they can put together a system for you with a realistic budget.

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    Incero and Webnx has 256 RAM server. You can check their offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott.Mc View Post
    WebNX are on the West coast in LA, you could consider ionity.com if you want central.
    What's the point of mentioning the latter provider if they just do standard configs?


    As mentioned OP check out Databasebydesign. When we had a server with them they held good standards in quality and service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeetGN View Post
    What's the point of mentioning the latter provider if they just do standard configs?


    As mentioned OP check out Databasebydesign. When we had a server with them they held good standards in quality and service.
    Ionity can provide any configuration required and everything is 100% configurable. All depends on what the requirements are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeetGN View Post
    What's the point of mentioning the latter provider if they just do standard configs?
    What are you talking about? We have custom servers from them and everyone of their offers on here also list,

    Need a custom config? contact sales (at) ionity.com for a quote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HostClimb View Post
    Incero and Webnx has 256 RAM server. You can check their offer.
    Thanks for the mention. 384GB is actually a common config also, due to 24 RAM slots on some of those Dual E5 machines! Also I noticed that it seems supermicro have updated some of their boards (maybe it's the v2 cpu that does it) from a max of 768GB of RAM to 1.5TB of RAM!
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I had a look at Incero, WebNX, Ionity, Database by Design, and NetDepot
    Any more suggestions though? It'd be better if I had a larger list to choose from.
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    Online.net have big ram servers

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    Is the OP using the machine to host VM's. Because if so getting a huge ram server is not the solution. You would be better getting several 32-64GB ram servers. Unless its a blade setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhamaniasad View Post
    Thanks for all the suggestions. I had a look at Incero, WebNX, Ionity, Database by Design, and NetDepot
    Any more suggestions though? It'd be better if I had a larger list to choose from.
    I'm generally in the habit of recommending dedicated servers over colo, but this is one situation where colo actually makes sense, assuming you have the capital on hand.

    1) High capital vs operations cost. Normally, dedicated server pricing is based on anywhere from 6 months to 24 months return on capital. Typically, more common configs are sold for cheaper because providers are confident that they can sell them to another customer when one leaves. 256GB RAM isn't that much, but enough that 16GB sticks are necessary, which are less common. Chances are the pricing you'll see will be based on 12 months ROC or less. Where dedicated servers usually offer value is in the provider's reduced operating costs, which makes the ROC on buying and colo'ing yourself long enough that the dedicated server is the better option. This will likely not be the case in this situation though, given the low operating costs relative to the capital costs.

    2) One of the other drawbacks of colo'ing a single server is the cost of maintaining n+1 pare parts. Given you're likely looking at 16x 16GB sticks, and RAM is going to be the bulk of the cost on the server unless you're getting really high end E5 CPUs, n+1 in this case is just over 1/16 for the RAM. If you are getting really high end E5 CPUs though, point 1) becomes more of a factor as well.

    Now, if you do end up looking at colo and doing a cost comparison, you should take into account your TCO, including all the n+1 parts and remote hands charges, so that you're doing an apples to apples comparison. Depending on how aggressive the provider's pricing is, a dedicated server may still make sense. Even if you do go dedicated, a 'buydown' type arrangement will probably make a lot of sense here.

    In any event, motherboards with 16x lot of RAM are not uncommon, so most hosts should be able to offer 256GB of RAM. You'll really need to contact the sales departments of a lot of different providers to see what pricing you'll get though, as most will generally not have such configurations listed, or even if the options are available in their ordering pages, you may be able to get much better pricing talking to a sales rep.
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    A lot of providers will be able to custom order a server for you with that amount of RAM. I suggest shooting off a few emails.
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    you can check versaweb.com virtualization dedicated packs.

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    why not colocation? just realize, you can have as many RAM as you need but with affordable price

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