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Thread: Buying servers?

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    I would be interested in knowing what the process would be to purchase aserver (in a datacentre) and use it for hosting. I am nowhere near going to do it now, but when the time comes I would like to know.

    So anybody got any useful information about purchasing one or any prices or anywhere I can actually buy one?

    Thanks in advance, will7.
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    I presume you mean a dedicated server?

    This thread on Sitepoint came out trumps in a google search, While this may give you some other info.

    As far as buying them goes, I don't know, but reputable hosts such as for example offer them. Though as you are in the UK, remember that you have no legal comeback if they run off with your money. (which I doubt Hostony would, but others may).
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    I have delt with based in california and they are pretty good and their prices are great. However they do not handle colo accounts so your only option is to 'rent' their servers. That is probably the route you want to go anyway if you start handling that many accounts. Colo is great but you are usually stuck on your own if problems arise since the hardware belongs to you. The good thing about, is the server is unmanaged, they install the os you want and cpanel/whm. And basicly give you the reigns to the server to do as you wish. So in a sense its like colo. Take a look at their faq it might answer some of your questions.

    BTW in case you dont know, colo(co-location) means you give your server to a host/datacenter and they plug it in for you. So you would have to actually buy a server. Generally this option offers the most flexability, and is second only to if you owned your own datacenter.

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    Personally I'd start with renting one, as the hosting company takes care of HW failures, data backup, etc.
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