I am running a free email service that is starting to grow very fast and I have to look into a dedicated server. However I was wondering how much work would it be to get my own server up and running? I would need to have all the features like a professional company has.
Aslo if I were to hire some one in my hometown to build a server for me what and where should I look for?
Sorry one last question is there a good place I can read up on how to build a server?
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I would look at someone like servermatrix.com and get their "Gold" level of mangaged support. It's an extra $50 per month, but gets you security hardening and an hour of dedicated admini work per month. Maintaining a server is a LOT more complex than simple shared hosting, so you'll want to have someone that can manage most of those things for you while you learn.
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Get a company which can manage it for you completely. Server security, software updates and administrative knowledge is not supposed to be taken lightly. Try to get a deal on a fully managed server with a provider. It should hold you in good stead
When you lease a server, you still have to do all of the work. It just means you don't pay $1,000+ for a machine, then pay for bandwidth. When you 'lease' a server, you still do all of the work, but rent it out for $99-$500 / Month. Find a host willing to help, so you can learn along the way. Having your own server is a huge technical responsibility. I would recommend buying through a reseller, since they offer an added level of service and support. Almost every datacenter these days have reseller programs.
You need an AUP/TOS, along with an SLA if you lease, or buy your own and colo.
AUP = Acceptable Use Policy
TOS = Terms of Service
Look around at the datacenter you were looking into, and find legal information. You will find an example there.
SLA = Service Level Agreement
This tells your clients basically how much uptime you guarantee, along with across what length of time. Most companies/datacenters offer 99.9% Uptime per Month - however each one can be different.