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Where to Find Dirt Cheap Small Form Factor/Mini PC Colocation?
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Where to Find Dirt Cheap Small Form Factor/Mini PC Colocation?

I am considering moving onto colocation sometime in the future since it would allow me a lot more flexibility and customization. CodingHorror has mused and remarked on his use of small form factor/mini PC collocation in particular being as low as $15 a month. The thing is, I have not been able to find it anywhere for cheaper than $20 a month. Any tips on where I might find such deals?

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  • donlidonli Member
    edited May 2019

    1 - What hardware do you have/want to colocate?

    2 - Are you sure something like a Kimsufi/So You Start server (or similar) wouldn't be more powerful & cheaper ?

  • uptimeuptime Member
    edited May 2019

    maybe check with @endoffice for something in east coast USA (aka Beantown)

    Joined February 2016 Last Active April 18
    

    https://endoffice.com/

    also (vague recollection) @randvegeta might have something to say about affordable options in Lithuania ...?

    EDIT2:

    More generally ...

    https://www.lowendtalk.com/search?Search=colocation

    not necessarily "dirt cheap" but you likely will get good value for whatever price you pay: https://www.first-root.com/colocation/

    the Amitz.party lives on!

  • donlidonli Member

    @uptime said:
    maybe check with @endoffice for something in east coast USA (aka Beantown)

    Joined February 2016 Last Active April 18
    

    https://endoffice.com/

    ...

    Mini PC Colo, $24

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  • uptimeuptime Member
    edited May 2019

    oops - reading OP again, more carefully this time ...

    Hifihedgehog said: cheaper than $20 a month

    oh ... right. Might be able to colo a raspberry pi or similar low-power SBC somewhere for under $20 - otherwise power bills are going to make lower pricing somewhat ... challenging to sustain.

    maybe Joshua Prout could do a nice offer. Some kind of loss-leader promo deal I guess ... (bad joke)

    EDIT2:

    https://endoffice.com/picolo.html "Colocate a Pi for only $9/mo."

    the Amitz.party lives on!

  • williewillie Member

    Colo'ing an SFF PC for $20 or $24/m seems pretty good to me. I'd be into it. Can I find that in west coast US?

    #lexit spread the word.

  • HifihedgehogHifihedgehog Member
    edited May 2019

    @donli said:
    1 - What hardware do you have/want to colocate?

    2 - Are you sure something like a Kimsufi/So You Start server (or similar) wouldn't be more powerful & cheaper ?

    1. NUC-sized custom PC.

    2. Nope. CodingHorror ran various tests and found double or so of the responsiveness from a NUC/mini PC solution. The problem with most server chips, unless you pay top dollar, is the single-threaded performance is lackluster. I happen to have several Discourse forums which scale very well with increased single-threaded performance. So I would see an immediate benefit right out of the gate.

  • https://fusa.is/en/hosting/special_colocation

    This matches the budget, but you'd probably want to send them a message in regards for NUCs specifically. Shouldn't be a problem if they do NAS tho...

    This may also be relevant: https://www.nbiserv.de/de/shop/housing

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  • KuJoeKuJoe Member, Provider

    IMO, at the $20 mark you're better off renting a VPS or dedicated server unless you don't care about bandwidth quality or quantity. With a NUC/SFF desktop you're looking at less space but space is usually the cheapest part of the cost. Even with sub-20 watts of power you're still taking up a plug on the PDU which is a finite number even for a 42U rack so that's one less profitable server they can sell.

    I don't see any bandwidth or location requirements in your post so I might be completely wrong since I'm looking at this from a US perspective.

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