[Chicago] Looking for leased server colocation (OT)

Garrett Smith g at rre.tt
Mon Aug 9 17:45:41 CEST 2010

Dedicated "leased" servers are generally pretty expensive (>$100/month).

I've used EC2 "small" servers, which you can down to $30/month (IIRC)
by prepaying for a year. They run Xen and the small instances are
shared - two per "real" server, but they're fine for the light weight
use you're describing.

The benefit of EC2 is that you get full access (i.e. root/admin) to
the server and have your choice of OS/distributions.

I don't have experience with any of the other suggestions here --
perhaps there are cheaper servers that get you a similar package.

On Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 8:19 PM, Phil Robare <verisimilidude at gmail.com> wrote:
> A friend with a three person business wants to set up a server for
> backups, document sharing, email server, app serving etc. I think a
> leased box at a colocation service is a better choice than turning her
> closet into a machine room but I have never been involved in
> purchasing such.  Can any of my fellow Chipsters recommend a company
> they have been happy with or give me any hints as to what to look for
> / avoid?
> Thanks,
> Phil
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