I am looking into buying a rack (40RU) and collocating with Optus.
I had one of the people over there email me pricing options and what not, and I noticed that all collocation offers, along with the connections we pay for, come with unlimited data transfers! Up and down!
So my question to you all is;
If I am provided with unlimited transfers from a highly respected company (Hell, they are the best), should I also offer unlimited transfers to those who buy dedicated servers off me, or should I cap them?
Ah ok. Now that makes sense. I really have not priced out AU bw before but for quality bw in the US $300/Mbit is a bit on the costly side. I would not really recommend going with a 10mbit port since it takes away your ability to burst past that, which is quite common. It also depends quite a bit on what your target market will be. If your market will be like a WHT type market(majority young people who want the cheapest crap on earth) you prolly won't have much luck with bandwidth at those costs. Figure in the cost of bw+rackspace+hardware+time spend on support+time spend on billing+time spend on sales etc. It can get to be quite costly. If your market is businesses then you could be quite successful. Are you planning on doing any sort of specialized services out of this location that would make it unique and worth the money?
Dedicated Server solutions (I have actually worked out a way I can offer AU bandwidth/servers at the same pricing off say DV2, but in the wicked Optus network.. I am releasing a dialup service mid december to
Pretty big... See most Aussies (computer illiterate people) either dont know what broadband is, or cant bloody get it in their area
So the dialup market is huge ($20 p/month unlimited downloads/time is what sells in massive amounts)..
And with the pricing I worked out to be around the same as American servers, I would profit about $100k p/year.. so if I then add on the surcharge because it is good quality AU bandwidth, great support, etc.. I could make a bucket load..
Would get me well on the way to building my own DC out here
What product line are you referring to Faculty? I think someone is feeding you a line.
Optus would be competing locally if they had found a way to support the model you're talking about. Instead, they're charging 10c per MB over 300MB on their own basic shared hosting plan ($30/mth)...and that is in both directions. We're moving into Optus in Sydney soon, and I know we're not getting it unlimited.
I am meeting with a local data centre this Friday. I'd be interested in what you have found out. Post or PM some more info.
We are actually going to be spending well in excess of $200, 000 p/year with Optus and they have noted our relationship as "partners" just incase you are wanting to know. They finish each conversation of with "We look forward to our partnership with you".
Leasing in Sydney. Undecided about Brisbane, still researching hardware. PM me with some contact details of who you're speaking with at Optus. There's us and one other here in Brisbane who are already looking at what we thought to be the best we could find up here.
When someone has single units of rackspace they are willing to sell for colo in Optus Sydney, send me a PM. I can't see myself getting a server locally until next year - but I think I might have to get one local. Some potential local customers don't like the idea of having their sites on servers in the US - want it local.
Could you please advise us of the Optus product range you are refering to and the connectivity type eg (Ethernet or ATM).
Also can you explain how you wish to service 40 customers with a single 10mbit port which will cost you about $3000 per mbit. Please remember that 1mbit equals only 128kbps total up and down stream.
I am not saying your idea is not possible, just very interested in how you plan to deploy a service within australia that firstly would generate "$100k profit p/year" and "offer AU bandwidth/servers at the same pricing off say DV2".
is that $3k per megabit? btw; i have a hell of alot of 192 port DSLAMS if you want to make a DSL network - i am a partner with optus for dial ports too, which is national coverage, so buying your own max boxes is a waste of time to provide dialup - only worthwhile if you already have the infrastructure
I looked into optus bandwidth and didn't get any pricing which made me excited, which is why im using glbx - and i noted that optus said they were not a competitor so they wouldn't even try to beat their pricing - so i find it strange if you are getting 10mbit for $3k a month
My friend has experienced with that word *unlimited* in Optus, if you dare to download or upload 5GB a day, they will send you a letter to you to stop doing that or else they will delete your account without refund!
seriously because my friend got disconnected due to download like 50-80GB a month