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Lot's of companies lease their hardware, including servers. When that lease expires, that hardware goes on the reseller market dirt cheap. That's how I built my own 17-node server cluster for my (failed) startup, turning what would have been $90K per month AWS expense into a $600 colocation expense. Owning and and maintaining your own servers is not hard at all, folks.



I'm interested in buying hardware for my own nefarious purposes. Can you post links?


You can get it given to you if you print up some "free e-waste collection service" flyers.

Here's one (Australian?) guy and his small business, with some examples of the stuff he collects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbMmuLDMx4Y


> I'm interested in buying hardware for my own nefarious purposes. Can you post links?

Checkout some of the insane setups on DSLReports [0], check out the pics. Here's an example [1].

[0] https://www.dslreports.com/forum/homephotos

[1] https://www.dslreports.com/forum/r30877673-Darby-Weaver-The-...


You can find tons of used servers on ebay. That's where I bought all my homelab server stuff. Just don't buy very old stuff.


places i found info was reddit homelab[1] and serve the home [2].

[1]: https://reddit.com/r/homelab [2]: https://www.servethehome.com/


google "refurbished servers"


...I'm reasonably certain that GOOG, AMZN, MSFT, FB, etc. don't lease their hardware, but would be fascinated to learn otherwise.


He's not talking about them, he's talking about normal companies, lots of places run their own servers.

AWS/GCE/Azure are an order of magnitude more expensive than running your own. And usually have poor and unpredictable performance to boot.


> He's not talking about them, he's talking about normal companies, lots of places run their own servers.

Then his comment was tangential (at best, and non-responsive at worst) to the OP.


> org at the scale of an Amazon

> Owning and and maintaining your own servers is not hard at all, folks.

Sysadmins are useless /s


Well, technically, maintaining a collocated rack of servers is not that different from maintaining a pile of virtual machines from your favorite provider.


Gitlab is exploring moving their cloud setup to baremetal

https://about.gitlab.com/2016/11/10/why-choose-bare-metal/


Interested as well. Where did you buy it?


You can find used servers on ebay.




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