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    SitePoint Zealot stuffedbuggy's Avatar
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    Question Web Hosting Company Start-up Guide

    I currently own my own hosting company using another companies servers, which is good, and I've learned a lot of the ins and outs of hosting, but there's a great deal I need to learn before I start Hosting using my own servers. Can anyone provide some good resources or books that might help me get on with my mission?
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    Have you considered not reinventing the wheel?

    It seems like Hostgator has attained an enviable market share using the Planet to provide hardware.

    My question is "Do you want to deal with marketing AND hardware management, or do you want to sell hosting?"
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    My goal is to eventually do it all! I want the hardware, hosting, marketing... the whole 9 yards. I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel, I would just like to eventually take my company to the status of the planet or hostgator. Am I setting too high a goal? Maybe..., but then again, it's my high goals that have gotten me this far!
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    I believe that it becomes actual once you rent the rack of the servers in the DC or at least half a rack. And your next step would be collocation. So I believe that your sizes should be prompts for you
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    Co-Location in an existing data centre would be far cheaper than setting up your own data centre and is probably the best alternative for fewer than say 50 servers.
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    Colocation is definately a good way forward to start working out what your doing.

    Be it starting with a single coloc server, a quarter rack, or an entire rack.

    If you get bigger, you can then rent cages from providers - let them deal with the power and connection issues and you work with the servers.

    Alternatively, if you have a sutiable office environment you could consider a rack in a suitable room, with suitable power / air con and a dedicated (but slower) line into your office - leased line as they're called here in the UK.


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