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April 07, 2012, 09:21:46 AM
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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.

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April 07, 2012, 05:47:10 PM
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Subscribed. I might need colocation for a new project I'm working on, still figuring it out.

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April 08, 2012, 03:41:33 PM
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This could be a decent offering. It will be difficult to offer 4U space with only 2amps though. That's the nominal draw on my 4U server and it cranks up beyond that if it's actually doing anything. Spindles pull a lot of power.

I will follow this though and am interested in your price point.

Most colo is overpriced and provides more service than necessary. I'm currently in Equinix in VA and it has at least 12 different interconnects, multiple redundant power, etc., etc., which isn't all that necessary unless you have a massively mission-critical application.

If this could be a happy medium with stability, network uptime, and decent power (even if it's not on UPS), I'd definitely be interested.
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April 08, 2012, 09:35:27 PM
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This could be a decent offering. It will be difficult to offer 4U space with only 2amps though. That's the nominal draw on my 4U server and it cranks up beyond that if it's actually doing anything. Spindles pull a lot of power.

I will follow this though and am interested in your price point.

I'd be fine offering more power at the same price point.  I can figure out what that might be.  I just didn't want to get into hosting very power hungry servers like dense blade servers or bitcoin mining rigs.

Most colo is overpriced and provides more service than necessary. I'm currently in Equinix in VA and it has at least 12 different interconnects, multiple redundant power, etc., etc., which isn't all that necessary unless you have a massively mission-critical application.

If this could be a happy medium with stability, network uptime, and decent power (even if it's not on UPS), I'd definitely be interested.

Cool.  That's exactly the kind of need I'm looking to address - solid but not overkill.

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April 09, 2012, 09:48:30 PM
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Is/will the location be insured/bonded?

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April 09, 2012, 10:36:40 PM
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Is/will the location be insured/bonded?

Yes, the location will be insured.  Wink

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