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@atonewell: Yes, we have considered “cloud” hosting over and over again, but the budget simply doesn’t have room for it. Cloud is expensive when you have a VERY slow database that uses this much memory.
Have you considered hosting on something like Amazon EC2 instead?
If you’re spending 8k on hardware, to allow for catastrophic failures you should probably double your budget.
Reserved instances on Amazon EC2 might work out more cost effective in the longer term.
@Alex: Yeh, the list is more of a “suggestions” to get an idea of the type of hardware we’re going after.
@Robert: if only it made us rich. It pays the servers and a bit more (which we’re saving up for times like this).
@Robert: They already have ad’s on the site… Might want to whitelist them in your ad-blocker.
Anyway: as a suggestion, take a look at the Supermicro gear. I use them for a number of larger projects and they are really really nice to use. If your going to build them yourself you’d get much more bang for your buck using their super-server setups.
Not to mention the KVMoIP is much better than the Dell DRAC (and a lot cheaper than the Dell one that allows Virtual Media…). For example, with the basic spec’s you listed take a glance at something like the 6027R-TDARF then add CPU, Memory, Disks :)
Also, instead of worrying about bandwidth costs to backup stuff – use rSync.
why dont just put google add on your page and get rich like every one else… i just dont get it.
As a note, i have added $79 from earlier donations.