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Currently I am planning on building a dedicated GMod/MC/General Purpose server with a Core i7 3770k, 16GB of G.Skill DDR3 1600 ram, and an $80 biostar micro-atx motherboard. The games side of the server would be allotted 4 threads with 8GB of memory while other general computing side that I plan to sell as a virtual machine would have access to the other half.

What goes into hosting a server that I can lease out to people who need a decently powerful server? Like do I need a special business plan with my ISP and even then what goes into setting it up so people can use it remotely?
post #2 of 14
Well to sell VPSes (Virtual servers), you'd need a dedicated IP for each of the virtual servers so the client can access it and run services off of it.

You could get a business line from Comcast or someone like that. I currently have Comcast Business and I really like it. its $15/m extra for a static IP and for 3 more its an additional $5/mo (see: business.comcast.com)
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Sounds good. How's there service in terms of reliability (like does the connection ever drop?) I've been considering in switching ISP's for a long time since the current one, Cox, is charging $80/month for 12mbps/1mbps internet and local phone services. They're connections regularly drop out which for people like my mom never notice because it doesn't really affect web browsing but for playing games online is detrimental.

I just checked Comcast's website and it appears that they don't offer service in my area. Currently the only ISP's in my area are AT&T and Cox, both of which generally suck since both run off of ancient telephone lines and coax rather than replacing them with new infrastructure.
post #4 of 14
TBH, what you are trying to do setting up a server that you can lease out takes more than just building a server and. you need to at minimum set up perimeter security with nothing less than a HW FW with decent througput, Maybe $1000 for that.. that will help instill customer satisfaction knowing that thier data is strongly secured. people who need a powerfull server need more than the specs of what you want to build..

your best bet is to lease a dedicated server from a server farm or a VPS and lease out space on it.. they will have awsome throughput and security thumb.gif

thats if i got it straight what you want to do smile.gif
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post #5 of 14
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yeah that's about it. So really there's no way to practically offer cloud computing with this thing in my home.
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yeah that's about it. So really there's no way to practically offer cloud computing with this thing in my home.

sure it can be done, dont get me wrong.. i just think it will be an expensive venture to implement properly. another thing is 24/7 support you will have to offer the clients, that might be another hassel for you.. maybe offer the services to friends and go from there, but i must emphersise implement good security polices and access rules.. if people are paying you for such services you have to give them maximum uptime such as the 4 or 5 9's, that is 99.99 or 99.999% garanteed uptime, and pecie of mind to your clients.. start off small but invest in a good FW and increase the size and amounts of your servers as you attract more customers and put revenue into upgrading infastructure. i guess scalabilty will be your friend in such a project.. btw, its something i would like to do myself smile.gif goodluck and go for it thumb.gif
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post #7 of 14
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Thanks, though I guess I see where this is going. I don't really want to start a company with thousands of dollars worth of computing infrastructure and much more in security. I guess if I do something of this sort, it would only be for hosting a friend's game server. Even then I would have to have a business account so people can access my server's IP.
post #8 of 14
ahhh, well i guess i went abit over the top lol.. for your plan the rig will be fine, your home router would have something like an SPI FW built in, and port forwarding.. so yes, just have good BW and a static IP/s or look at something like dynDNS as well.. smile.gif
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Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
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post #9 of 14
Also how are you going to allow people to pay you, and how are you going to keep their credit card and personal information safe?
post #10 of 14
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I figured Paypal would be best
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