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Clouds are vapor

2013-02-12 18:16:10.212929+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Clouds are vapor: Home Server vs. VPS - a quick Cost and Performance analysis http://tidbitsfortechs.blogspo...erver-vs-vps-quick-cost-and.html

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-13 00:38:43.613931+00 by: ebradway

That's just silly... The Comcast sales rep just came back and said "what if I give another $20/mo off and waive the installation fee?" That gets business class with 1 IP within $10/mo of what I'm currently paying (with deals that need to be renegotiated soon). I've asked to a new quote with 5 IPs and a statement as to how long the price is good for (I think it's 24 months). I may switch over if I can get 5 static IPs for $10- $15 month over what I'm paying now AND 24 months of flat pricing.

I've asked for an additional quote to the next tier of bandwidth (27/7 asymmetrical as opposed to 16/3). The Comcast website shows the next tier to cost $40/mo more. If I can get that down to around $20/month more I'll probably do it.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-12 23:59:32.21578+00 by: ebradway

I just got a quote from Comcast Business. $111.85/mo before taxes for their bottom tier internet, one phone line and one static IP. I'm currently paying $88/mo after taxes for all that without static IP. My Bluehost with static IP costs ~ $12/mo. So I'll be sticking with Bluehost for a while.

All of my email has been in Gmail for about 8 years now. I have forwarders on my domains to Gmail and have Gmail setup to send from those domains. I also use Gmail at work. My Nexus 4 provides a really great mobile Gmail experience.

BTW, the Department of Interior (including USGS) and the University of Colorado both are switching over to Gmail. Google, for all it's troubles, has become the dominant solution for email.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-12 22:11:15.42055+00 by: Dan Lyke

I'm using the free version of GMail for my email hosting. Not totally happy with it, but it works, and when I signed up was free for 50 users per domain (now it's 10 users per domain).

I realized the other day that at work I've had more interruptions because of UPS failure than because of actual power interruption, and that got me to thinking about issues with up-time of my hardware vs the outages the various cloud providers have been fighting, and except for the fact that my upstream bandwidth is limited from home...

Which means that once we get fiber to the home, if we can wrest communications away from the monopolistic providers, a lot of economics will change dramatically.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-12 21:53:59.166721+00 by: ebradway

I wonder how that cost/performance analysis looks if you factor in any extra administrative costs and floor space costs for the home server.

Although it did make me look at Comcast's business bundles. $60/mo for phone and internet + $20/mo for 5 static IPs... About what I'm paying now minus Bluehost which is due in a month or so. I'm already running an ESX server at home so I'd just need to set up a VM for forwarding email (which may be possible through a DNS/Name host) and running Wordpress.