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I just found out about colocation. Apparently, some host providers will manage your dedicated server (your own personal hardware) in their facilities. They'll leave it running 24/7 on their bandwidth. This solves the problem of not being able to host a server on your home's ISP.

I'm interested in colocation and might build my own server for it.

Does anyone have any colocation experiences to share? Any recommended host providers to use for colocation?

Thanks.
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I looked into colocation once, but couldn't justify the cost.

What exactly do you need to run on your server that you can't run through your ISP? I'm not sure where you're located, but I've never had a problem putting the server in the DMZ and port-forwarding in case.
     
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I havent any colocation experience, but know for a fact that it is quite expensive. What are you using your server for? You may want to look into buying a dedicated server instead.
    
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Unless you need some very very specific requirements/installation its usually cheaper to just rent a dedicated server in my experience
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Unless you need some very very specific requirements/installation its usually cheaper to just rent a dedicated server in my experience

^ that.

I use OVH and pay around ~£50 a quarter for my rented dedi.
post #6 of 18
Depends on where you live, and what purpose you want to colocate. I've looked at that because I wanted to host a few game servers. Colocation can range from $50 - nearly $1K per month depending on how many servers, bandwidth requirements, etc. I say it depends on where you live because there are cheaper datacenters, like joes in Kansas City, MO

http://joesdatacenter.com/

Colo for a 1-4U server or mid tower server starts at $50 a month with 4A of power, 1 100 mbit ethernet link and 2 tb of transfer with no management. For what i wanted, it would be $55 a month for an extra lan drop.
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Unless you need some very very specific requirements/installation its usually cheaper to just rent a dedicated server in my experience

Wrong. Most colocation is much cheaper than dedicated servers. For example, at Steadfast, colocation starts at $89.95 and their dedicated servers start at $99.95 for only an Atom server.
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Wrong. Most colocation is much cheaper than dedicated servers. For example, at Steadfast, colocation starts at $89.95 and their dedicated servers start at $99.95 for only an Atom server.

Depends on how long you plan to use it. You have to factor in how much the cost of the server is initially as well.
     
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Wrong. Most colocation is much cheaper than dedicated servers. For example, at Steadfast, colocation starts at $89.95 and their dedicated servers start at $99.95 for only an Atom server.

Redstation in the UK, Colocation £90 for 2U, 0.8amps and 14TB but Quad core 3.2ghz, 16GB ram, 2x2TB SAS and 30TB data for £99
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I plan to use it just for hosting multiple Minecraft servers.

I thought building a server myself and using colocation would be cheaper than renting a dedicated server. Is this not the case?
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