Originally posted by Aqua - Host hmm, well, i have a reseller account, and i think im gonna keep going till im rich enuff to be able to run my own servers
but whats involved if you do have ur own servers?
If you have a reseller account, then you're already familiarizing yourself with portions of the hosting industry, but, eliminating a lot more. What's involved in a server?
location / facilities choice, and choosing a host based on research, not solely on pricing
server security - solely speaking of security updates, server audits (performance tracking to ensure you're not hindering the server's performance).
server administration: server monitoring, remember your customers will expect that you will know about problems before they do. Troubleshooting issues both on the server, and for your clients. 3rd party software scripts / installation / software. Upgrading server software, control panels, etc.
Administration: billing, ticketing system, enabling support for coverage promised (24/7 support is just that, monitored & replied to 24/7/365) merchant accounts for billing, FAQ's for clients, off-site information status, vacation & sick time (yes you will want both) and much, much more.
Essentially, there's a lot to learn. Not only simply about running and managing a server, but also about running and managing a company as well. Both are things learned over time, much of which you can outsource, provided the funding, by hiring people to administer these responsibilities. However, being able to afford a server is far from being able to afford the setup and properly running a company.
That's my take on things, think about your entire business plan, map it like a blueprint, and figure in each portion, who's controlling what, responsibilities, etc. in the meantime, you can get a local machine, and play around with your OS choice, and try to break it, so you're forced to fix it.
If you're really interested in getting into the buisness now, you can start with your reseller account, or pay a server admin. to manage a dedicated server for you. (Or find a true "fully" managed dedicated provider.)
But if you want someone to manage your server, it's going to cost you a bit.
With a server admin, all you really have to do is find the right server for your needs, then manage your company and deal with your customers while the admin keeps the server running.