Re: Server hosting requirements
The general sentiment on these forums is:
Originally posted by Twinky
What are the requirements for running a dedicated server hosting company
e.g Connection to the internet, will i need a solicitor, equipment, scripts
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1. Don't bother.
2. Buy an existing datacenter.
Having said that, I say, "screw 'em." Everybody on this board is so pessimistic when someone's trying to open a new business. Here's what you might be able to settle for:
1. A building for the servers. Most datacenters bost insane security (fingerprint and keycard access; dry fire extinguishing systems, etc). If you aren't hosting any million dollar websites, I'd just encourage you rent out a store in the business district of down, keep a strong door between the outside world and the servers, and to make sure you're pretty close to the police station. Say, $1000/month.
2. A connection to the internet.
Bare minimum, I'd say two independant 50 mbps lines for 20-30 servers. I'm guessing $5000/month for this.
3. UPS and a backup generator. (Make sure your backup generator is big enough, and that you've got at least 12 hours or so of gas on-hand.) Maybe $5000 up-front for that.
4. Racks. I think you can get used 42U ones that are in decent shape for $500 each. 42U will cover, say, 15 servers. I'd encourage you to leave plenty of room. In the event the A/C goes out, the less packed your servers are, the less you'll have to worry.
5. Switches & Routers. Switches and routers capable of handling 100 mbps would run you somewhere in the neighborhood of, say $5000.
6. PEOPLE. Probably the most expensive. You'll need folks watching these servers 24/7. A decent technician will run you maybe $35,000/year. That's $3,000/month. Assuming 8-hour workdays, the fact that you'll work one shift, and time-and-a-half for the midnight shift, we've got $7500/month.
6. I think you also have to register a network or something like that with ICANN (or some other organization like that) to pick up IP addresses. My understanding is that this costs $500.
Grand total: $13,500/month for a somewhat professional DC. For 30 servers, it might be possible, but you're going to have to find some clients with pretty expensive $450/server tastes.
Incidentally, if you can fill up maybe 7 racks with 100 servers, you can probably keep your costs at around $20,000/month. Then, it starts to get economical.
Last edited by HostMidwest; 06-10-2005 at 05:24 PM.
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