Need advice on dedicated server

Discussion in 'Smalltalk' started by staticanime, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. staticanime

    staticanime New Member

    Hi guys,

    I w3as wondering if anyone could point me at a good, reliable and cheap dedicate server provider.

    I do need a few things tho:
    1) Large HDD ~ 750GB <-> 1TB
    2) good fast ram/processer (64-bit too)
    3) Unlimited/unmemtered bandwidth/network speed
    4) Access to install my own linux OS from scratch (vKVM or something would be nice)

    Any one have any good recomendations/links?

    I'm with OVH (SuperPlan) at the minute, and it's ok, but their KVM only works with Windows :(
  2. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

  3. staticanime

    staticanime New Member

    Sounds good, the only thing I don't like about it is the 72Gb bandwidth limit. I am kinda looking for unlimited, or possibly more. Although, it said that they sorta do ulimited, but at a 10MB/s link to the server instead of 100MB/s. Is that true?
  4. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    Hetzner has no 72GB bandwidth limit on their root servers.

    The servers are connected with 100Mbit and they switch the connection to 10Mbit if you have more then 1000GB traffic a month. The connection will be reset at the beginning of the next month to 100mbit.
  5. staticanime

    staticanime New Member

    Cool, Thanks ;)
  6. baldur2630

    baldur2630 Member

    OK, we run several servers, a Fedora 8 box, several Novell 6.5 Servers and a Novell / SuSE OES2 server. This is a home network, but we are a family of professional IT people MCNE's, MCSE's, CLE's etc

    The best advice I can give you is build your own server from scratch. If you are in Europe, try BackOffice - they have good prices. If you are in the UK, try Scan ( they also have good prices. We use Intel motherboards and dual-Core P4 Processors and for the Linux boxes we use 64-bit and 2GB RAM (more than enough) the NetWare boxes run all manner of stuff and they all have 4GB RAM. Be careful what RAM you buy for the Intel Boards. Check the specs on the Intel site.

    We use 2 x 500GB Hard Drives in each box and eQuip 4-Port KVM switches.

    We use (what used to be) Versatel - now KPN for an ISP and we have 4 static IP addresses and plenty of bandwidth we use Netgear Wireless Routers on the Linux Boxes and Border Manager on the NetWare boxes.

    The ISP is quite expensive (around €200 Euros per month), but we do websites and a lot of remote support work.

    If you "roll your own" servers it works out a cheap option and easy to replace anything that fails.

    Fedora for a Server OS is OK but stability in the longer term is a problem, so is Centos, and OpenSuSE. Depends a lot on what you want to do with it. Make sure you setup a good firewall (the Netgear Routers stop some of the trolls out there). Move Port 22 SSH to a Port above 1000 and install Denyhosts and / or fail2ban. we used to get more than 2,000 attempts to hack our Linux boxes until we installed those.
  7. baldur2630

    baldur2630 Member

    There is now an even better solution - again, not sure where you live, but in Europe you can get an HP ML110 G5 Server for around €550. It comes standard with 512MB RAM and a 160GB Hard Drive.

    To this you can add 3 x 1TB SATA III Drives @ around €100 each and up to 8GB RAM @ around €100 per GB.

    You can download VMWare ESX 3.5i FREE and if you look on the web, youi can get a 5-User Novell Open WorkGroup Small Business Suite for FREE which includes a Novell GroupWise Mailserver and Messaging.

    I bought one of the above HP boxes and have already 8 Servers running on it quite happily!
  8. sjau

    sjau Local Meanie Moderator

    Hetzner got a 72 GBit connection for their root servers.
  9. id10t

    id10t Member

    I'm a very happy long time customer. Their "small" machines do what I need - not sure if they have something that would scale up to your requirements, esp. re: disk space.
  10. sbovisjb1

    sbovisjb1 Member HowtoForge Supporter

    I suggest that you go with leaseweb. They are a little bit more expensive than most, but I have never had any problems with them and their product is better than most.
  11. szise

    szise New Member

    You can try Versaweb, has servers in US, i was satisfied with their service.

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