JP Vossen on 8 Feb 2016 12:29:40 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] VPS account with lots of storage?

You almost certainly do NOT want to host your email server in EC2 as those IPAs are blacklisted everywhere. There are ways to do it that have been discussed in the list before, search the archive or wait for someone else (Fred maybe, I forget) to cover that again.

I've been very happy with Linode, even despite the recent DDoS attacks against them. I'm pretty sure you can add disk space, but I admit I can't find it on the site. You can poke around and email them if you can't find it.

OR... What I do is run Postfix on the Linode, but it does nothing but relay mail in and out. My actual mail server is in my basement and I can add as much disk as I want. It's nice that internal email is neither in transit nor at rest on the Internet/cloud too. I have the $10/mo (or whatever it is) lowest end Linode for this, external web and DNS and it's more than fine. Best of both worlds for my money...

If you want to get a Linode, I probably have a URL/code someplace I can send you, so I get a kick-back. Or there are others on this list that have Linodes too or just sign up...whatever. :-)

On 02/08/2016 02:13 PM, David Colon wrote:
I second the AWS suggestion. Most other cloud/virtualization providers give
you a fixed amount of space based on the size of the VM. With AWS you can
add storage on demand. Growing an EBS based filesystem is fairly easy if
you use LVM. Here's an article I wrote on this topic a while back:


On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 1:36 PM, Doug Stewart <> wrote:

AWS is the best when it comes to absolute storage flexibility. CenturyLink
Cloud comes in fairly well, too, though the pricing is a bit more. They're
based on VMware, though, so you can expand the actual disk devices on the
fly instead of having to do any sort of mdadm/LVM trickery like you do at

On Monday, February 8, 2016, Greg Helledy <> wrote:

About a year ago we migrated the webpage and email of our small company
onto a VPS.  It's with Arvixe and runs CentOS.

There have been a few wrinkles but mostly it's gone ok.  The problem I'm
finding now is that we are gobbling up far more storage space with our
mailboxes than I had counted on when we signed up.  Our plan allows for 50
GB, and you can add space in 20 GB increments.

Having always hosted our email locally, our culture is such that people
tend to never clean out their inboxes, so accounts grow and grow.  The
firm's owners are the worst "offenders".  So, implementing mail quotas
would be unpopular and impractical.  If quotas were proposed, users would
suggest outsourcing it all to Google or MS, (it was when we first went from
hosting our own).  There's also the fact that you can get hard drives with
terabytes of storage for $100.

Hosting companies usually bundle their offerings such that if you want a
lot of storage, you get lots of bandwidth, RAM and CPU as well, and price
accordingly.  We currently have 1.5GB RAM and it's plenty, and we don't
need any more transfer bandwidth or CPU.  Just lots of storage, like maybe
500 GB.  Are there any good providers out there that offer something like
that?  I mean, 500 GB sounds like a lot but it's only half what a low-end
consumer desktop comes with these days.  Should be linux, either CentOS or

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