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If I wanted to set up my own server, what costs would I incurr (HW & Internet connection etc.) & what would I have to do as far as having my server on the internet. I would want a fast server that can handle constant payload!!
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In setting up your own server, there are a number of things which cost money and need to be determined carefully.  Of course, you seem to be concerned about the server computer itself but it's configuration and costs are actually the least of your worries.  Even a low cost sub-US$1000 233 Pentium II will handle virtually any web serving needs you might have.  The major expense, both in setup and recurring will be your network connection.  Network bandwidth and your local dedicated telephone connection are expensive.  Let's take for example the lowest cost dedicated connection you typically see, a 56Kbps DDS line.  This give you 25-hour/7-day 56K service.  It takes a special hookup from your phone company from your site to your ISP.  It also takes equipment on your end called a CSU/DSU and a router.  Expect to pay $1000-$2000 for the equipment and it's setup, $500 or so to have the line installed, $150/month for the line itself, and $250-$300/month for the 56K Internet bandwidth.  If that's not enough bandwidth, you have many upscale levels to choose from depending on your budget.  You have multiple levels of T1 (1.5Mbps) or fractional T1 (128K, 256K, 512K, 1M).  You also have options for what is called "Frame Relay" which give you a flexible connection that can provide additional bandwidth (for a fee) on a demand basis.  You also have the option of using ISDN which will give you a 128K on-demand service to your ISP, but in many locations, this is metered service in that your telephone company will charge you by the minute for the connection.
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Do you know the approx. cost of the other bandwidths you mentioned?
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Do you know the approx. cost of the other bandwidths you mentioned?
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I'd recommend you contact an internet connectivity provider and get some quotes.  Costs can vary widely by geographic area and supplier.  Some of the big names that provide service throughout the US are MCI, Sprint, ATT, UUNET, PSINET, and probably even your local phone company.  You also have the option of many local mid-sized ISPs.  In either case, you want to talk with their leased-line or dedicated service sales types and not the dial-up service types.  In most cases, these are handles by different organizations.
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Thanks a MILLION!!!!
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