Sigh... I love new toys, but hate constantly shelling out a small fortune for them...
I just got a new phone, the HTC Desire HD, and it's a nice toy, but can I stop there? No...
Actually, it really wasn't a matter of choice for this one -- I've needed a new server badly for a while and finally got around to it.
Anyways, for the juicy stuff...
Dual Xeon 5430 procs with 4 GB RAM and 2 x 250 GB SATA II drives. Lots enough for what I'll need it for.
That server lists for about $563 a month, but I managed to steal one for just over $300 a month at Soft Layer through one of their promotions.
I've been with The Planet for years now, and they've always been excellent. If I were to move, I'd move to Rackspace, but that's simply too expensive for me at the moment.
But, Soft Layer & The Planet have merged, so while I haven't moved, it looks like I'll have 2 control panels. Oh well. I'll end up ditching the old server shortly I think. Then buy it back when it hits the bargain bin for a third what I'm paying now.
I'm confident that Soft Layer will live up to the same quality as The Planet. We'll see though. So far everything is pretty smooth. A hiccup with my new user name and password, but nothing serious, and they're on top of fixing it now.
Oh, I should mention that the server was ready in less than 2 hours! Sweet! It used to take days to get a server up and running.
Now... I just pray that I don't need any more toys...
Next it's just a matter of migrating everything over seamlessly with zero down time. Which ironically, is time consuming in itself.
Just had to tell someone -- it's always exciting starting up a new production server!