I'm leasing an old Cobalt RAQ 3 here in the UK whose lease will be expiring soon. Got a great deal 3 years ago and pre-paid for the low low price of £11 a month. Now that I'm at the end of the lease, they have raised the renewal price to £30 a month for the same box!
Which leads me to my quandry. I had all sorts of dreams for the kinds of things I could with my box, but outside of a few CMS's, a Jabber server, and the occasional Shoutcast relay, the box is basically a mail server for about 12-15 domains. Not a lot of load there either.
If you were in my position, what would you do? I'm thinking of building a homebrew server to run off my aDSL line at home. My box doesn't use a lot of bandwidth (or CPU/RAM for that matter), and I can't justify spending $40-$50 a month for a dedicated server. Plus, I recently built a PVR using the Nemimiah board which is fanless and really low power! What more could you ask for??
well, i hope the 12-15 domians are just you're an not client domains taht are paying if you're going to run it off your adsl ...
standard uk adsl has no sla, no expected time to fix, and has a habit of "vanishing" 3 times a week
and if this is a home connection you're probably talking 512kbs/down, 256kbs/up 50:1 contention - so in *theory* you could be getting as little as 10kbs/ down 5kb/s up .. you want that on a server doing real work ?
a better adsl line is going to cost you more than the colo cost for the server ... 2mb/s down, 256/up , 20:1 is around £75/month
if this is handling mail for you @ home, what happens if the power goes? the adsl goes ? the supplier has issues ? you're mail potentially goes down a blackhole - so you'll need a secondary MX service - yet more cost
when you can get colo for under £20/m for a cobalt raq, is it really worth the risk ?
Sounds like you were with uk2.net with their 3 year tie in?
Until this week I had 10 domains on a Raq4 with simplenet.com at $99/month (paid monthly). The Raq4 is functional but pre-historic. I was very happy with it and did not see the need to upgrade though.
Nevertheless I have now migrated to a $99/month Celeron 2.4 with 1Gb RAM at servermatrix.com. Wow. The performance improvement is staggering. Moral of the story: when it's time to move on from the Raq, then move on.
As has been said, there are support and maintenance issues with having a server on an ADSL line. Unless maintaining a server/network is also your day job, then it's not worth the hassle, certainly not if you want any degree of reliability. It would be fine for firing off a batch of emails (say a newsletter) but not if you need it online 24/7.
You're better off (financially & stress-wise) getting the cheapest dedicated deal available, with the cheapest machine you can spot. I would recommend a US host rather than a UK host as it will be cheaper (especially with the current exchange rate!) - unless there is any definite reason for having the machine in the UK (I can't think of one).