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

Christopher Twigg cdtwigg at u.washington.edu
Tue May 16 12:06:32 PDT 2000

Co-location can get pretty expensive, though, since you're paying for both
the bandwidth _and_ the real estate, and the real estate in one of the
larger ISPs can be some of the most expensive real estate you'll ever pay
for. What you get with co-lo is near-guaranteed uptimes, since they'll
provide backup power and all the good stuff.

Colocation with a smaller ISP, though, might be somewhat reasonable and is
probably worth looking into. Since I think bandwidth rates from the ISP
are going to be pretty much flat, the main question is where the cost for
the floor space becomes cheaper than the cost for the line (T1s are
mileage sensitive, etc.). Call around, I guess.

Christopher Twigg
cdtwigg at u.washington.edu

On Tue, 16 May 2000, William Rowden wrote:

> 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.

> --

> -William

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