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Chattanooga doubling speed

2012-09-23 23:49:44.457241+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Shadow forwarded along slashdot: Chattanooga's municipal network doubles down on fiber speeds.

I realize that /. is not a representative sample, but I find it interesting that at some point the use for the extra bandwidth starts to become "running my own server". I still think that the future of social media will be distributed computing rather than centralized data centers, but it's gonna be a decade or more 'til we can get an end-run around the big providers trying to shut that stuff down in favor of force-feeding people network TV.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-09-24 10:22:13.951696+00 by: meuon [edit history]

EPB's actually seeming to do a good job. Static IP's and business class service cost more. I've been quoted $12k/mth for the gig connection that they provide to homes and "friends" for a lot less. Issues of running a server: Constant power, HVAC and the actual network connection. It depends on what that server does. Dispite that it freaks out my partner, loosing 'net at the office/house isn't a big deal, unless you are hosting something that provides critical business services. We had such a problem last week, when some device on the ISP's network failed. Now we have an "encryption server" online in colo... albeit running on a crappy laptop right now, it works. It'll soon be in a Quest datacenter with the utilities gear. Even they recognized they did not have the data center skills to keep their gear powered on and cool and connected.

Personally, I'm starting to think with the right gear in colo, and a good VPN, we'd become a "mobile" company. I seem to be more productive that way anyway. Even doing conference calls in the office with people outside of the office, we all put headsets on. We need a common storage/meeting/work room somewhere, that's about it.