I'm mirroring a few (under 100mb combined) files/projects which are accessed by a lot of people (traffic at around 1.5tb/month).
I'm currently using a shared hosting plan that offered me 3tb/month bandwidth.
My problem began when my shared host notified me that the projects are overloading their Apache server connection limits (too many connections at once).
So now I need a new solution, my requirements are rather simple:
1. FTP access
2. At least 200mb of disk space (not GB, the projects are fairly small).
3. 2-3TB bandwidth. I'm using about 5-7mbit, so a 10mbit port is acceptable.
I'm not running any scripts, I don't need anything fancy, just a way to host my files cheaply and reliably. Any ideas? (please include link to recommended hosts)
If they put a hash value instead of a path, it messes my project-downloader tool which uses load-balancing to change the base path (http://www.mysite.com/download/), the file names are fixed, but the download path must be the same for every file.
For that bandwidth I am not sure shared hosting would be the best idea. A nice VPS or dare I say dedicated server for the price they are going for at the moment it would be a great solution.
I saw soemthing in there that would suit your needs at about $45. You have a server dedicated to handling just your projects, connection limits shouldn't be a problem and you should have workable bandwidth limits if you choose the right provider.
I checked dreamhost just now, their FAQ specifically says "no file mirroring", which is basically what I'm planning to do.
I already have a dedicated server, but its bandwidth is already nearing the 1.5tb limit I have with the host (theplanet.com). Heck, I'd settle if they added some bandwidth to the cost of my primary server, but they charge more for the additional bandwidth than the cost of the dedicated server (I currently pay $89/mo for the server).
The reason why I don't want an additional dedicated server is that I don't have the personal to maintain another server, it's too much work, I just need to mirror the project files.
Then dreamhost.com, it's the cheapest hosting that you can go For.
Better read their explanation of "unlimited" first. While they are probably quite liberal in permitted usage, problems may still occur.
This I suppose is their litmus test:
What's not allowed in "Unlimited"?
Basically, sites whose essential purpose is to use disk or bandwidth.
When making a website, you should be thinking about "How can I make an interesting site for my visitors while minimizing my server storage, bandwidth, file system, memory, and cpu impact as much as possible?"
Check out the dedicated offers there are servers there for 35 - 45 that have 2 - 2.5TB bandwidth with pretty decent specs.
I understand management being an issue though. If it's first time setup / hardening / security I can help you with that for free if you wish. But there is a company that can handle it all for you for I think $25 a month I don't remember the name off hand but I can look it up if you like. But I can understand that may not be in your budget.
Try looking for a managed VPS. I just saw some good deals, and I think the specs might be something you are looking for. Give me a sec and I will pull up the link.
I was paying $7/mo for the shared host, but I'm willing to pay more, $40-50 is reasonable if I can just get an FTP account with HTTP access for downloads that will give me the bandwidth I want and wont force me to deal with maintaining security on a server.
torqhost doesn't offer the bandwidth I need at a reasonable price, to reach 2tb, It would cost over 200 euros/mo.
If I can't find something cheaper, I'm considering the "media content delivery package" (near the bottom), it offers:
300GB HDD space
Dedicated static IP address and yourchoice.fdcupload.net subdomain
Access to your content via HTTP and FTP
Account management via Cpanel account
$79/month - Free setup
$79 is over 10 times what I'm paying now, but at 10tb on a 10Gbps port sounds good and should give me a lot of headroom, anyone with experience with this host? (fdcservers.net)
In many cases I'd believe that a shared host would you suit you fine. Although, FDC has a ton of bandwidth and from speed tests that I've seen posted, I don't think you can go wrong with that package. It should serve your needs well.