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Re: who offers cheap (personal) 1U colo?

  • From: Jonathan M. Slivko
  • Date: Wed Mar 17 13:23:03 2004

Hello Janet/List -

First, allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jonathan M. Slivko and I work for InvisibleHand Networks, Inc. ( Currently, we offer colocation and bandwidth services in the New York/New Jersey market (Telehouse and Equinix to be precise). The reason for this post is to put forth a suggestion:

InvisibleHand Networks, Inc. allows you to buy bandwidth "on demand" as needed without having to commit to any bandwidth level, 95th percentile or long term contract. We can colocate personal 1U servers at either facility for a set price per server and then you can purchase bandwidth on our "spot" market. All of our services are on month-to-month contracts and we can offer you some kind of discount if you buy in bulk. However, without having a valid consensus as to how many people would be interested in such a deal, I cannot/will not offer pricing on this list (contact me offlist if interested).

I look forward to talking to you soon.

Janet Sullivan wrote:

I have been aching for this now for about six years.  In every
professional setting I've ever been in, a need for this kind of thing
arises and my advice to my employer/client is always the same: pay the
$x per month for a colo server for your network/system engineers to use
as an outpost for emergencies, external analysis, and monitoring.

Exactly! While route servers are great, sometimes I need the flexablity of an outside shell account to do troubleshooting. I know a few other people at work who also keep outside shell accounts somewhere for this very purpose.

It seems like approaching one of the larger colo providers and
coordinating some sort of "NANOG Discount" might be one quick route.

I'm of two minds on this. Obviously, if a group of us go to provider X and say we want Z amount of rack space, we can probably get a good deal. On the other hand, I'm also interested in a community of like minded folks with servers located in diverse environments who would trade access with one another. If we're all in one rack in one datacenter, there is more of a chance we'll all go down together. If we have a diverse footprint, that is much less likely to happen.

The discount could be restricted to those who are appropriately vetted.
This program would be of value to the colo provider because of the
potential for discount recipients to direct business their way.

How would this vetting process work? I'm willing to give other nanog folks shell accounts on my machine in return for same, but I really don't want to hand out accounts to packet kiddies.

Suffice it to say, I'm interested, both to address current work-day
issues and for personal use.

I'm also interested. I do currently have a dedicated FreeBSD server in Australia for personal use. Those of us who are running our own personal mail & DNS servers could get together to back each other up.

Jonathan M. Slivko   
Sales/Network Operations       Invisible Hand Networks, Inc.
670 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012
Ph: 212-226-1422  F: 212-202-7640 M: 646-924-9211

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