I'm currently developing for two business websites and I update and maintain under contract eight more. Starting to think about adding virtual hosting to my services and am most interested in everyones input toward costs.
Business line, server and backup systems specifically. I currently (last two + years) run Apple OS X servers, MySQL, WebObjects and Apache at my day job so I thought I might translate my good experiences with those to my side business.
Alternatively, the Solaris server has always fascinated me but I don't believe I have the business to pay for this much server yet. Ideas?
I can put $5K into a system from my reserves or if necessay double that with a loan but I'm trying to keep this a lean and mean enterprise. I net about $1200 a month on my website contracts and about another $2k a month on development.
Not much I admit but it makes me think I could do more if I picked up the other end of the business. My goal would be to net an additional $2k from the hosting side.
I am a huge mac fan and starting a web solutions business and am looking for a mac host and have found some.
You can also purchase a xserve yourself and put in on a collocation facility. I think some of the people here would be willing to spend time and effort helping you out if you coloed at their facilities.