I currently own a 1U server and have it hosted in Las Vegas. It's supposed to be "fully managed". I'm going to move hosts and I have a few questions.
First of all, I am not a server admin but I'm thinking about trying to take on more server admin tasks to help save money and have more control over our server. With that in mind I was considering moving the server to a local data center. I have some people here that would probably be able to help me out with administration. But I'm also a little concerned about being completely responsible for administering the server.
If I were to move the server to a Colo that isn't managed, I'd assume I'd have to pay the hosting company for administration services or pay for the services of a local server admin where the server would be hosted? That's a scary thought. Are there any good and affordable "managed" Co-Locations out there?
Price - I currently pay about $125 for the "managed" Colo. The server transfers about 500-600 gigs per month in bandwidth. I'm not very familiar with the pricing structures out there (1Mb/sec). Can someone explain how that would work for me? And what I'll likely be looking at for pricing.
And finally, can you just offer some advice on what you think I should do - local Colo to have physical access to the server, or go with a good Colo that isn't local and just pay someone to manage it?