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Re: Manchester Computing Colocation

  • Subject: Re: Manchester Computing Colocation
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2005 16:45:00 +0100
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  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
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Tamlyn Rhodes wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Gandalf  Parker wrote:
>>>You could also co-locate where an ISP sets you up your own server in
>>>their datacenter with a nice fat pipe, air conditioning, backup power,
>>>multi homing, backups, etc etc.
>> They have these in Manchester Computing. The geographical proximity would
>> probably allow you to enter the server room quickly shall anything
>> catastrophic happen.
> Hey Roy! Do you mean that mcc do colocation? I couldn't find any info
> about this on the website(s) but I'll contact Peter Mills.

I am not entirely sure, but people and companies from all over the
north-west appear to have servers on the bridge. It is deceiving to
students who expect all of this equipment to actually serve the campus.

> At the moment I'm seriosly considering taking up a linux VPS account
> with spry.com. They're very competitively priced (the GBP/USD rates make
> US offerings sooooo much cheaper than anything here) and seem to be well
> regarded on webhostingtalk.com.

I know what you mean. Hosting in the States is so much cheaper and often
offers much more.

> As I understand it with their VPS
> accounts the support staff will fix operational problems with the
> default services (e.g. Apache, PHP, MySQL) if and when they occur and
> also perform backups and upgrades. This seems ideal for me in my current
> situation.

Just remember the advantages of having a server in your vicinity. What if
you ever want to take it somewhere else? Flight to the US? Trusting a
stranger? Also, currency conversions, telephone calls and uncertainty about
currency trends are nothing to sneeze at.

Hope it helps,


Roy S. Schestowitz

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