In all honesty I only need the resources of shared hosting at this point, but I could not get the specific setup I needed, so I am thinking of colocating. At this point I only need minimal bandwidth, what do you think the cheapest price I could get at a decent colocation?
Where would you like your server? (Any preferred data centers? like equinix?)
If you don't need very much and you don't already have a server to colocate I would suggest checking out VPS servers, you get root access and a guaranteed amount of RAM...you get your own operating system on a server.
Well, I want to colocate in Phoenix, AZ. Currently on my hosting account I was using about 10GB of bandwidth/month. I have my own computer I want to colocate, it will only be running my site, so no worry about others depending on it. It's just a regular box, not a server mount or anything.
At first I was thinking VPS, but this needs to be a windows box, and it needs to run MSSQL Server and ASP.Net. For the price I was unable to find any VPS that completely matched my requirements, I really needed a full server. That being the case I figured it would be cheaper to colocate my server rather than pay several hundred dollars per month renting one.
Tower colocation can be expensive in most facilities. If it were a rackmount you would probably be able to find colo under $40/month since you use such low bandwidth. It would probably be more cost effective to look into a VPS solution.
Some facilities will charge $100+ for a tower because they only support rackmounts and a mid-tower uses ~4U ($25/U average price).
Check out some Dell 1u rack mounts (about $1000-2000 based on config), or check our www.colomachine.com for real budget ranges.
then colocate it (dont forget your software choices will require some fees too).
$100/month is the low end for a colocation 1u (thats reliable with bandwidth), and upwards of $200/month for more bells wistles (24x7 access to the facility in person, more bandwidth, some remote hands time included, maybe a remote backup account, etc).
If you plan to run windows, dont buy a new server with anything under 512 mb ram, I'd really suggest 1 gb minimum since you plan to run windows and databases.
When looking at colo's be sure to ask what quality the bandwidth is (i.e. make sure they have 2 or more carriers, and perhaps are good quality if that is important to you). Also ask to SEE the generator/battery (to make sure they have one!) since that's the most often over looked item in the 'up front pricing' and what you get model - you need protected power to keep that server safe and running.
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Well, since this is only my site, and no one else is depending on it, I'm going to use my server and get a business internet solution run to my house. I have my office there anyway, so I can basically write off the room, and the additional cost of the internet connect is only $50 more per month. Sure it's not a real DC, but I don't have customers relying on it either.
The server that I'm going to be running is an AMD X2 Dual Core processor with 2Gb of Ram. I figure that should be a pretty good web server.