In-house Hosting Options

Josh Coates jcoates at
Thu Mar 3 13:37:48 MST 2005

>So what are our options if we want to keep the equipment in-house?

you should consider getting over the "keeping it in house" idea - just get a
couple of U's of rackspace at a colo provider, and sign up for their minimum
bandwidth commitment.  it'll set you back a few hundred per month, but
everything will work just fine (btw - most colos do not have 4-5 major
backbone providers - they usually have 1-2, sometimes 3 - but they do have
more bandwidth than you will ever need, and redundant power and cold air).
i suggest starting out by checking out xmission and go from there.

if you want to keep the equipment in house, you better be close to a CO, and
DSL should be just fine.  if you are far away (> 25K feet) then you are SOL,
and need to go with a colo.

for DSL, check out speakeasy - type in your address and they will be able to
tell you how far away you are from the nearest CO.  they are the most
technical, no-nonsense isp out there.  they know what they are doing and
should be able to hook you up.

all the T1, DS3 reliability, low-latency, blah blah stuff is nonsense.  a T1
will set you back ~$500/mo and the only thing it'll be good for is that it's
a full 1.5Mbit symmetric and you can call to complain if something doesnt
work out.  if you are close to the CO, and your isp is full-service wrt to
static ips then your dsl line will work just fine.  latency is all about the

but you should really colo it somewhere - it'll save you a lot of headache
in the long run.

HTH, YMMV, etc.

Josh Coates

-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at [mailto:plug-bounces at]On Behalf Of
Eric Jensen
Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 12:26 PM
To: plug at
Subject: In-house Hosting Options

Going to be launching a business management system and we are going to
host the web sites instead of distribute our code base.  This is where
my knowledge gets pretty sparse.   We would really like to run our own
servers from our location isntead of colocate.  I looked at a few ISPs
and what they offer for DSL lines with a static IP and have not been
impressed.  For $150-200 a month you can get a 384kb/s line that is,
according to them, perfect for web hosting.  That just doesn't make
sense to me.  When most users now days have closer to 1.5mb DSL (at
around $30-40 a month mind you) how could you support even 10 hits at a
time and not get complaints about it being too slow?  We were thinking
of getting one line with a static IP and then a bunch of 1.5mb standard
lines and merging them.  We think that will work fine for download, but
not upload since we would go out on a different IP.  Seems like it would
really screw up DNS, amongst other things I'm sure.  So what are our
options if we want to keep the equipment in-house?  Am I missing
something with these 384-ish DSL lines designed for small-medium businesses?

Eric Jensen
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