That said, by the standards of physically extant businesses, it is ridiculous how far you can get on $1k or $2k a month.
Edit: And was barely worth commenting at all, let alone this comment only drawing attention to the information-free nature of my opinions.
Oh dear ...
But the OP has shamed me into realising I do need to upgrade my financial controls - "worrying" does not seem to count as a system!
There's some RSS readers and email providers. Photo hosting and blogging are too "bulk" and high-profile for this business model, probably.
I suspect the abuse/takedown request workload is tiny, which helps a lot in keeping the cost down.
Just a simple example: HomeAway's huge vacation rentals business. Within the larger super category ('for rent by owner'), there are long term rentals, and that's a niche compared to the much larger vacation rental market. Several years ago, you could have created a modest business around that smaller niche, charging $30 or $50 per year for a listing. 10,000 listings at $50 per year becomes a nice, likely quite profitable, small business.
Real estate listing concepts are great if you can get traction and listings, the costs of hosting and serving up the data and images might as well be zero.
In terms of single/small group companies running profitable Internet services though, there are tons, not least the well known ones around here involving people like patio11 and Amy Hoy. I'd say the sky's the limit. Indeed, it might be more fun to think of what services could never suit the model..
For a relatively small site, why do they need so many different hosting providers?
I use two colos for redundancy. One is in Sacramento, and it mitigates the earthquake risk of the one in Fremont.
The AWS costs consists of stuff I'm too lazy to go find and delete. Everyone has an unused EC2 instance or S3 bucket somewhere; that's what keeps Amazon in the black.
* What level of support do you have (can you call someone at the
DC at 4am and have him hot-swap a failed HD for you)?
* How many shared or own gigabit or 100mbit uplinks are included?
(if >1: can do bonding on your interfaces?)
* With how many other servers do you share the same circuit-breaker?
* I guess you have at least 1 UPS + 1 non-UPS power supplies?
* exceptionally good peering?
* network/power SLA?
* 24/7 access to your server?
Note that 15 A is nowhere near enough power to fill it to even 1/3 capacity.
> Note that 15 A is nowhere near enough power to fill it to even 1/3 capacity.
curl -k -o ~/backups/pinboard-backups/pinboard-$(date +\%y\%m\%d).json 'https://api.pinboard.in/v1/posts/all?&auth_token=username:APItokenhere&format=json'
The backups would run while the site is live and if it ever spontaneously disappears then users would have an up-to-date backup available.
Also, if you are a customer, you get to follow the hilarious twitter account.*
*This is not true; anyone can and should follow the hilarious twitter account.
I'm sure there's a HN discussion from back then also.
Edit: Lots more on the topic...
And you cant compare DNSimple / Route53 as suggested on twitter with DNSMadeEasy. Both in features and more importantly SPEED!.
DNSMadeEasy is already one of the best out there. Most of the others that offer similar features and speed are multiple times more expensive.
As far as i know there are only two other alternatives / recommendation. Cloudflare, which is free. Their DNS are quite fast, but i think there are limitation with what you could do with it.
And if you grow larger, EdgeCast recently offers DNS services as well. Although it start at $50, its price on per million queries are one of the cheapest in terms of paid DNS services. And like its CDN network it is very fast.
For comparison, we have a bare-metal E3113@3GHz machine that at the time happens to run only a full-fledged PowerDNS server (sqlite + pipe backends, query cache disabled due to split-horizon requirements, and passes queries to a pdns_recursor if can't answer directly). The server easily handles about 500M reqs/month, with negligibly low load average. Judging from top(1) output — pdns_server-instance has about 2-4% CPU consumption, most of which is probably due to disabled caches.
But there are probably cheaper options with specialized services.
I use WebNX, and love them. They have a particular west coast focus (first major location out of LA). Their prices are a bit higher than Hetzner, but they provide an amazing service, have a solid network, and the prices are great; plus they'll do any custom setup you need. They frequently have deals on WebhostingTalk.
Check out Versaweb: http://versaweb.com/dedicated.php
You can get a E5-1650v2 with 32gb of ram and 50tb of bandwidth for $139 (no setup). They're a quality host, and their network is very fast.
Reliable Servers / Constant.com have some great prices and deals from time to time. Their network is great. They're comparable with Servermania mentioned by another post (Servermania is out of Buffalo; Constant is out of New Jersey, the DuPont Fabros datacenter).
ReliableSite.net is pretty great: http://www.reliablesite.net/
They're out of the same datacenter as Constant.com mentioned previously. Fast network, good prices.
The only one of these that comes close to Hetzner pricing is Versaweb however.
"I toyed with using Heroku but found that it was faster and more reliable to put hundred dollar bills through a paper shredder"
the "no-nonsense, speed first" policy and the fact that it's actually being executed are my favorite things about the service.
I had to change providers numerous times that year for various reasons, hence the confusing number of services.
Pinterest active monthly users: 60 million
Pinboard active monthly users: 24 thousand
pinboard.com is currently not responding, and was last cached on 29 Jul at 1:47 GMT (roughly 5 hours ago).
If you have a such need, please try https://linklet.io/
It's not officially released yet so there might have problems.
I'll still chastise you for the blatant self-promotion on a competitor's thread, but kudos for actually charging money!