[Noisebridge-discuss] colo in and around SF?

David Rorex drorex at gmail.com
Wed Feb 23 21:02:20 UTC 2011

http://he.net/ in Fremont has some incredibly decent prices for colocation,
and while it's not in SF, it's close enough that you can drive out there if
something needs manual fixin'. I think I saw a quote of like $1000/month for
an entire rack full of your equipment with a 100mbit dedicated line. This
might be out of your range though. You can get a decent entry dedicated
server (you run the entire piece of hardware, no sharing or virtualization
going on) for around $200/mo these days. I've used
http://www.softlayer.com/-- no significant problems with them so far.
If that's still too much,
colocating an individual server (that you buy yourself) within someone
else's rack usually starts around $100/month. Lower than that, you're
looking at shared or virtualized hosting.

I would recommend against EC2 unless you specifically need the ability to
scale up and down on a moments notice (and are willing to put in the extra
work to set it up correctly). For just a standard monthly rental, EC2 costs
significantly more than even a leased dedicated server, never mind a
self-colo'd server. They do have a thing where you can reserve an instance
on a 1 year or 3 year basis, and that brings the costs down a bit to be more
in line, but don't forget they also charge you for bandwidth & storage on
top of the normal hourly server rental rates. Basically it's a nice
technical solution, but not cost competitive except in some niche cases (eg
if 50% of the time you have zero traffic, and 50% of the time you have tons
of traffic, it might really be worth it)

Also I'd recommend against anything in SF itself...you are probably paying
more for the location than anything else. Also I personally got burned by a
really crappy managed host in SF before, so I'm a bit biased. They're not
around any more, or at least not under the same name. (All I'll say is this:
When setting up our servers + a fancy SAN, the tech told us he couldn't get
it to work with debian or centos, so he had to install gentoo.)

On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 7:34 PM, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  I'm considering an option to setup my own server at a colo space in the SF
> Bay Area.  Though the site normally gets a couple thousand hits a day, and
> sometimes several thousand hits, it will occassionally need some pretty big
> bandwidth.  Anyone have any opinions on who to use and not to use?
> Mitch.
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