ASP .NET Hosting
It occured to me the other day that I have a reasonably specced dedicated server with surplus bandwidth and surplus hard disk space. The reason I have the server and the surplus is a long and complicated story, which I may post about another time.
So, what I would like to do is to offer space and bandwidth on that server to fellow developers as I know that having access to this kind of hosting can be expensive. What I don't want to do is invade on the territory of WDevs.com, so I guess blogging would be out of the question, but then then the area I'm trying to focus on is developers who are interested in ASP .NET, but can't afford the hundreds of pounds/dollars that it costs to run their own server.
The spec of my server is as follows:
- Processor: Intel Celeron 2.4Ghz;
- HDD: 80GB IDE 7200RPM;
- RAM: 512MB PC2700 RAM;
- Bandwidth: 100GB transfer per month;
- IP Addresses: 4 IP Addresses;
- OS: Windows 2003 Standard.
What I'm considering at the moment is to use Plesk 7 for Windows to provide the necessary hosting control and having a range of options with a range of prices, something like:
- 5MB disk space, 20KB/s bandwidth throttle and a subdomain of salamandersoftware.co.uk for free;
- 5MB disk space, no bandwidth throttle and a subdomain of salamandersoftware.co.uk for £5 per month;
- 10MB disk space, 40KB/s bandwidth throttle and a subdomain of salamandersoftware.co.uk for £10 per month;
- 10MB disk space, no bandwidth throttle and a subdomain of salamandersoftware.co.uk for £15 per month;
- And so on ...
A different approach would be to have a monthly bandwidth limit instead. The other obvious requirement is some kind of database support, which I believe Plesk can provide for. I don't have a license for SQL Server, so any MS-based database support would have to be MSDE (initially at least), but I can also offer MySQL as well, so perhaps no databases at the free level but one or more MySQL databases as you go higher up the structure and an increasing amount of MSDE space, possibly even separate MSDE instances, but I'm not sure if Plesk will support that yet.
At the end of the day it is you the reader and developer that could benefit from what I'm offering. In all honesty I'm not looking to make large wedges of cash I'm just trying to pay my own server bill. So, please do come forward and make your comments, suggestions and requests.