I would like to get a sense of how much interest there would be in a colo hosting service payable in bitcoins.
If things pan out in the next few weeks I will be able to start moving some of my equipment in to a new data center space that I am building out near Seattle.
One of the features of this new facility is that it has fiber optic 100 Mbps symmetric service, that can be upgraded to 1 Gbps. From what I can tell it is peered off of one of Level 3's trunk lines. For my purposes I won't use anywhere near that level of bandwidth. In fact I am quite content with 10mbps or less. I addition I have space for one or two full cabinets. Thus, I am thinking about offering server colocation.
My initial thoughts would be to offer something along the lines of:
- 1U - 4U with 10 Mbps unmetered bandwidth
- 2 Amps of power included
- Free server restarts and related services
- Pricing in the range of 10 btc/month
- Option to upgrade to 100 Mbps unmetered for an additional 30 btc/month
While I would be able to offer uninterrupted power and good network infrastructure, the caveat to such a service will be that I cannot (at least at first) offer multiply redundant Internet connections and response times for issues might be in the order of several hours. In other words, if you have a site that needs maximum uptime then this probably wouldn't be for you.
Let me know if that sounds like it might be interesting to you. If enough people are interested, I will put together a formal offering and get the additional equipment that I would need to offer the service.