[svlug] colocation: advice needed

David E. Weekly david at weekly.org
Tue Mar 11 16:48:43 PST 2003

N. Thomas,

Our non-profit organization, the California Community Colocation Project,
provides free colocation to individuals and non-profits. It costs us around
$50/month to colocate a 1U or 2U server using the kind of bandwidth you talk
about below. We've got around 60 servers colocated with us right now and are
growing fast. Folks such as LinuxPPC.org and the Special Olympics have been
using us for months and are very happy with the service.

You can find out more about us at http://CommunityColo.net/ - I think we're
a good fit for what you're looking for.

 David Weekly
 Founder & Director
 California Community Colocation Project

----- Original Message -----
From: "N. Thomas" <nthomas at cise.ufl.edu>
To: <svlug at lists.svlug.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 3:31 PM
Subject: [svlug] colocation: advice needed

> In a month or so, I might have to set up a machine to be colocated.
> Having never done this before (colocation that is, not setting up a
> machine), I'd like to ask for some advice here.
> I've looked through the mailing list archives, and googled through the
> Web and Usenet. The web and news searches in particular weren't too
> helpful since most of the hits were for companies that provided colo
> services rather than consumer oriented information.
> Here are the requirements:
>     - we will have a single machine (most likely a PC) running some
>       flavor of Unix (Debian or FreeBSD)
>     - we need to host an smtp and http server
>     - will provide SSH/shell access for a small number of users (less
>       than 10)
>     - it will have a firewall
>     - we would like to do all the system administration ourselves, i.e.
>       we don't want anyone at the colo facility to get into the box
>     - our bandwidth needs are minimal, I'm thinking 200KiB/s up and down
>       should be more than enough
>     - price is more of an issue than uptime, so we are more than willing
>       to sacrifice five 9's for an ultra-cheap rate
>     - we don't need the colo people to back anything up
> So here are the questions I have:
>     - machine upgrades: in general, am I allowed physical access to my
>       machine in case I need to upgrade a kernel or add hardware?
>     - power cycling: if the machine needs an occasional reboot, do I
>       have to go there in person or will they have someone on site to do
>       this?
>     - bandwidth: if I go over the set bandwidth cap, is my network
>       connection shut off (ala prepaid phone card), or am I charged
>       exorbitant rates (ala cell phone)?
>     - burstable bandwidth: I see it in a bunch of places, what exactly
>       does it mean?
>     - price: Since our bandwidth needs are so low, does less than
>       $80/month sound unreasonable?
>     - price contracts: Do most places require you to sign up for 12
>       months or are monthly service contracts available?
>     - ip addresses: I'm assuming that I'll be given a static IP?
>     - DNS: can I point more than one ip address to the assigned machine?
>       Will reverse lookups resolve to my own domain name or the service
>       provider's?
>     - spam: I want to run my own smtp server. We have had some issues
>       with our DSL provider's (dynamics) IP address being blacklisted on
>       many occasions, so a lot of our mail would be rejected. Will this
>       be an issues?
>     - firewall: We want to run our own firewall on the box and don't
>       want to be behind the colo's firewall, I'm assuming this is
>       possible?
>     - terminology: when referring to 1U/2U, I assume this means "units",
>       i.e. machines/servers?
> Any other issues that I need to be aware of?
> thanks,
> thomas
> --
> N. Thomas
> nthomas at cise.ufl.edu
> Etiamsi occiderit me, in ipso sperabo

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