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How to rent a linux server?

Hello Experts,
 I use VM images for both Linux (RHEL) and Windows (W2k3) for things such as to install new products or for the purpose of a POC. I was wondering if I can find a online server hosting, for ex: a cloud where I can have my own rented-dedicated Linux servers?

Any thoughts?
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DenrikCommented:
The first question you should think about is with this type of setup what requirements will you have. Stating that you will be using VM images leaves a host of other questions such as the hardware requirements of the systems. Would you be using OpenVZ, Xen, VMWare? The hardware requirements dramatically change based on the hypervisor in use. I have personal experience as the company I work with does quite a lot of dedicated and colocation services. I can say first hand that using OpenVZ and Xen will allow you to utilize a lower base system for starting up. VMWare while being a great product holds a hefty cost depending on your financial standings.

The other main factors that will be involved would center around the bandwidth requirements, IP addressing, power, redundancy, monitoring, backups & support. This situation would most likely require BIOS level KVM access or a support team that can setup the hypervisor for you. When you have your requirements you'll have a better chance of finding the company that can meet your requirements. This is certainly something that companies can do as I have set these servers up for clients before.
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Khushal Singh NarookaCommented:
You can find hundreds of Hosting Providers who can offer you dedicated servers. i.e. http://www.fullestop.co.uk is also one them

regards
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itsme_asifAuthor Commented:
Thanks Denrik. Here is what I have in mind. I am looking for a 64-bit Linux Server (RHEL), with adequeate storage and with atleast 4gb of RAM. Any thoughts?
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DenrikCommented:
With a VM host you most likely will want a 64 bit multicore server. The basic setup we typically do ourselves that most clients use are E6400 or if the client needs Quad we go with Q6400/6600. Typically if the company is reliable they will always setup a hardware raid in RAID1 or RAID 5 depending on their stock and the number of hard drives. The hard drives are usually the last thought and worry price wise from my experience; having built systems from 80GB RAID1 to 14TB RAID5+0 for clients. The price increase is marginal within the 500GB (RAID1) limit. Ram would also be a small concern as the typical setup is 2GB.

Does your setup require large amounts of bandwidth? How many VM guests per server? Will you be running processor intensive VM guests? Will you need unique IP addresses for each guest?

With a system like RHEL you could get by with allocating low memory and cpu utilization depending on what you are doing. With the host VM handling the child guests you will have 4 GB of RAM to allocate between the Host and Guests.Should each guests be low on resources you could get away with hosting many guests allocating the bare minimum required to operate.

The one very important thing to look for in a provider is the recurring charges for the equipment. Many companies will charge a monthly fee for an upgrade to the Hard Drives, RAM and CPU. This means that you may be much better off finding a company the handles upgrades as a one time cost and not a monthly fee. Typically to get what you want at a reasonable price you would only want the recurring charges to reflect the bandwidth usage and server rental. Paying for the added RAM or Hard Drive month after month can be a costly decision given you could most likely buy the ram and just have them install it. There are very few companies that will do this as you are paying for the convenience.

I would say that for this setup the server alone should not cost more than $150.00 a month and the bandwidth, well that depends on how much you need and the companies pricing structure. Many offer a bandwidth cap and some are un-metered. Would you require 5MB of bandwidth per month or higher, what are the companies overage rates. The next step is to start googling companies and hunting the right one down for you.
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