I'm seriously thinking about bringing my web hosting in-house. The
reason is that Verizon FIOS makes this not only possible, but
very attractive: I can get a static IP with 20/20MB service for
less than $150.00 a month. That's dirt cheap, and 20MBs is far
more outbound bandwidth than I need; I might even be able to get away with
20/5 at $99.00 per month.
I don't really like external hosting. A co-located server
would be better, but that's fairly expensive. In-house does have
some downsides, but it has some good points too. The biggest
downside to bringing it in-house is the possibility of being down due to a power failure.
Verizon does provide battery backup for its equipment, but that's only
good for a few hours - if there was a major power outage here, my
site could be dead, dead, dead.
The big advantage of in-house is that the equipment is right here
in front of me. Modern hosting offers pretty darn close to that
through web controlled KVM's, but still: an in-house server really
is right here. I can see it, touch it, kick it. I can build
a new server right beside it, test, and switch over in literally
seconds when I want to. I can run it inside a VM and migrate it
to another machine almost efforlessly. I can have all the disk space
I need and of course back it up locally very quickly.
On the security side I'd definitely be better off: I don't need
any inbound ssh from the big bad world at all.. and can put whatever
hardware and software I want ahead of it for the services I do need.
This is very, very tempting..
I have to think this over very carefully. If I do this, I
need to decide what OS to use: Mac OS X, BSD, Linux.. and if it
is Linux, which one? Decisions, decisions.. your thoughts and
comments will be appreciated!
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