Rich Freeman on 23 Jul 2012 07:54:35 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] DCAnet dropping DSL

On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 10:23 AM, Michael Leone <> wrote:
> I gave up my home server about 4 years ago, once I realized I didn't
> really need a home server. :-)

I've been keeping mine for the most part, although the move towards
mobile/cloud solutions has made me semi-migrate some stuff off of it.
Right now my server receives most of my mail, but it just forwards it
onto gmail/etc (yes, I know I can point my MX direct to Google - I
prefer to be able to create addresses on a whim like the one I'm using
here and know that all received mail is backed up).

For stuff like the odd web app it is a lot cheaper to just host my own
solution and access it over FIOS than to run a VPS (Amazon or
otherwise).  The TOS prohibits servers but Verizon doesn't care if
once a month somebody looks at my photo album, and hosting 10GB of
photos on a dedicated AWS server is just massive overkill.

Hosted solutions tend to make more sense when the main costs are
bandwidth.  When the main costs are just having the server sitting
there and storage, then hosting it at home is a lot cheaper, assuming
that reliability isn't a big concern - the only thing the ISP sees is
the bandwidth and if there isn't much they won't care.

If I were running a business I'd be much more likely to host it out of
AWS/etc.  I do use S3 for my backups (just critical data, not
everything on my hard drives - I'm paying more for it to be offsite
than for storage per-se, and I use reduced redundancy storage to save
money since the backup is already redundant).

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