[OT] Get bandwidth. (Was: Linux web server?)

William Rowden rowdenw at eskimo.com
Tue May 16 11:51:35 PDT 2000

I'll contribute to topic drift:

Today, Christopher Twigg wrote:
[snip good cost estimates]

> You could also get space with a professional hosting company if

> you're just looking for space and bandwidth and don't need the

> kind of fine control that running your own server gives you.

If one wanted to actually run the server, however, another
alternative is co-location with an ISP. This provides the advantage
of high bandwidth while permitting remote administration of (and
occasional on-site access to) one's own box. Obviously, one would
want Linux for this, to avoid having to pay to continually reboot a
machine with another (unnamed) operating system. ;-)

> Most cable companies aren't going to let you run your own

> server;

For example, @home discourages this.

> DSL providers are more lenient, and might even sell you a

> 'business' DSL connection that would encourage this sort of

> thing

In many locations across the country, both Speakeasy and Eskimo
North offer guaranteed bandwidth connections in cooperation with
Covad, even for their "consumer" connections (which are cheaper than
"business" connections, but of course most of the "consumer"
bandwidth is for download rather than upload). They're also
familiar with *nix operating systems, and even have shell accounts.
(I'm not paid to say this.)

> ISPs are counting on consumers to not _use_ all that bandwidth

> and so they'll typically overload the hell out of their lines.

I think that's true in most cases.
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