I am planning (mostly hoping) to create and manage my own server for some python web apps, Apache/PHP/MySQL as well as a minecraft server. I have never hosted anything more complicated than a mediawiki on LAMP, and a minecraft server, so there is my experience with hosting. I have also been using Linux (using ubuntu since 8.04) as my only OS for a while, so I know my way around bash, ssh, screen, and such.
now what I want/hope: to build my own server and find a server rack to place it in a datacenter,
so question one is: where can I find a good comparison of datacenters? with a preference that I can drive to it for any on-site maintenance.
question two: about how much would it cost for rack space and 100mb internet? I have tried looking, but alas, I know not enough to compare what I see.
what about a virtual server? will those be powerful enough to run a minecraft server along with some other things? will I even be allowed to?
specs im looking at making/using:
- 24GB ram (upper end) 4 GB minimum
- dual core processor (intel AMD, whatever, it will be enough. I have been running on a tortured pentium 4 so far...)
- 50GB HDD minimum, although more the better.