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  Post #16 (permalink)   03-30-2012, 04:25 PM
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It would be a bad idea to build a data center in your home or run servers out of your home, there are things you need to worry about like fees from your ISP or from your Power provider. You need to set up cooling & make sure you have enough room , then on top of that if you have a DC in your basement for example or a room in your house you'll need to worry about all those fans running making noise.
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  Post #17 (permalink)   03-31-2012, 07:41 PM
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Building own datacenter at home is an expensive idea.
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  Post #18 (permalink)   04-01-2012, 03:59 PM
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I would love to start our own datacenter. The costs are just too high. $1 million just to buy a building (in vancouver).
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  Post #19 (permalink)   09-30-2012, 09:51 PM
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1. You need the support of your ISP, because they will need to 'Lease' you IP's for your connection for each of your servers and you need to be able to order them as you need from your ISP without any hassle.

2. You need to custom build some good boxes (servers) with come good processors and good stable hardware in them.

3. You need to keep a cache of parts on side, such as memory, hard drives, NICs, etc, in case your clients have issues or need upgrades.

4. You need to keep pre-configured spare routers / switches on-site, just in case one of your switches or routers fail, you can quickly swap it out.

5. You will need support staff to work around the clock monitoring servers and also monitoring for reboot requests, etc.

6. You will need a few thousand dollars to start with, even if it's just starting your own VERY small 5-10 server data center from your home / home-office. This is how MOST start and as your business grows, move your location to a store front / office building or buy a large storage shed or something that is weatherproof and protected from elements of the Earth.

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  Post #20 (permalink)   10-01-2012, 04:29 AM
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1. You need the support of your ISP, because they will need to 'Lease' you IP's for your connection for each of your servers and you need to be able to order them as you need from your ISP without any hassle.
Sorry but no, not true - any decent data centre will gets it's allocation of IPs directly from RIPE/ARIN/APNIC etc, only the very smallest DCs would get their IPs from their networking providers.

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Some do indeed custom build, most buy from Dell/HP/Supermicro vendors, a few build the servers themselves, mostly from Supermicro.

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3. You need to keep a cache of parts on side, such as memory, hard drives, NICs, etc, in case your clients have issues or need upgrades.

4. You need to keep pre-configured spare routers / switches on-site, just in case one of your switches or routers fail, you can quickly swap it out.

5. You will need support staff to work around the clock monitoring servers and also monitoring for reboot requests, etc.
Yup. all true - if you are providing servers. Only 4&5 true for a pure co-location DC with the customer providing their own spares.

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6. You will need a few thousand dollars to start with, even if it's just starting your own VERY small 5-10 server data center from your home / home-office. This is how MOST start and as your business grows, move your location to a store front / office building or buy a large storage shed or something that is weatherproof and protected from elements of the Earth.
This is absolutely NOT how most data centres start! Most start with large amounts of capital investment behind them either from an existing large data centre business, or from investors (often property investors rather than anything technical). And you are not talking thousands, it's millions. Data centres are all about scale - the costs do not scale linearly so the larger one will always be cheaper if you can fill it. It's also a business with lots of very good effective companies in it offering dependable service to corporates, which is where most of the business is. To such corprorates, their IT is their business, no IT, no business and their data centre provider needs to be established, well-known and trusted.
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Having a server is not a data center. You put a server IN a data center.

Think infrastructure like a secure building (with multiple layers of physical security), redundant power grid feeds, redundant UPS / power systems, redundant backup generators, redundant HVAC, etc. Keep in mind redundant means at least n + 1. The +1 not only means you need at least one more than required to make things work. It also adds at least 125% to the cost of buying and maintaining each system because you need to have automatic fail-over systems that connect the n and the +1 together.

I can go on, but you get the picture.
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  Post #22 (permalink)   05-10-2013, 03:39 PM
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Having a server is not a data center. You put a server IN a data center.

Think infrastructure like a secure building (with multiple layers of physical security), redundant power grid feeds, redundant UPS / power systems, redundant backup generators, redundant HVAC, etc. Keep in mind redundant means at least n + 1. The +1 not only means you need at least one more than required to make things work. It also adds at least 125% to the cost of buying and maintaining each system because you need to have automatic fail-over systems that connect the n and the +1 together.

I can go on, but you get the picture.
This is quite an old thread and probably didn't need to be bumped. But for my input I have to agree that you should first obtain customers and then do this venture properly.

For a success story though look at HostDime, they started out with no clients and grew to just 200 servers which is when they built their first in-famous Orlando datacentre. Now look at them.
 
 
 


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I would agree it's not recommended at all even if you had the internet connection which you probably wouldn't - there's so many things to worry about like power, data, switches, routers, load balancers, heat/temperature, etc.
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  Post #24 (permalink)   06-14-2013, 10:46 PM
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It's not good for running a server from the home. Running a datacenter are no joke
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  Post #25 (permalink)   06-17-2013, 05:30 AM
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Do you think it is possible to build a data center at home one server at a time. How would you start
I would not reccomend it. There are lots and lots of things you have to look for when building a datacenter. Think off security, colling, power and so on
 
 
 


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  Post #26 (permalink)   06-17-2013, 08:39 AM
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I agree datacenters are no joke. Require several million in infrastructure is required. I would recommend partnering with a datacenter and do co-localization.
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  Post #27 (permalink)   08-31-2013, 10:41 PM
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Data Center sure requires lot of electricity, to be said, industrial grade. So you need to be sure, to find location, cost involved and government rules, regulations.

It can cost for over 20 Millions USD, in certain location.
 
 
 


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If you mean a small home datacenter then yes it possible. you can call 2 old dell computer in a cluster a datacenter. Building servers are really cool and it bring me so much joy and satisfaction. I would start by getting some old computer (one is enough) or build a small itx system and install some software, keep it running in some dedicated space at home for 24/7 and taadaaa 1 server datacenter. Treat it more like a project. if you use it commercially then contact your isp to give you high speed internet and business needed things. Make some cash and expand. without a whole truck of cash you cant do much more, but it looks like a cool idea. O a keep the server in a cool place, i have mine running on my patio in a plastic box outside so im not worried about heat
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  Post #29 (permalink)   12-05-2013, 09:05 AM
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I took a look at your links and the "Black Box" by SUN is a great idea

Know anyone who's tried it?

The cheapest one I could find is the Dell Pan Datacenter-In-A-Box at $99,000.
http://business.itbusinessnet.com/ar....jsp?id=839954

Here's a good comparison of these as of 2009: http://www.datacentermap.com/blog/da...tainer-55.html
This is actually nice thing. If you can connect to your box few internet connections and redundant power supply it will be good.
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Sure, you can. Your network port speed must be fast. A PC or server. A fixed ip. That's all! It is simple to start.
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