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Self-Hosting a mid-range traffic site on Comcast Business?

3:02 pm on Oct 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am from an old-school camp when Comcast first rolled out their Internet Service (1999). I recall the numerous horror stories from people complaining about speed, time-burnouts (certain times of day were fast and others crawled), etc, etc. I love IT,Networking,Linux, setup, and work with it all day (along with my programming). So theirs my quick-condensed background.

I have a site which has grown to approx. 25K unique visitors a day, 200,000 to 300,000 page views a day. Their is so much more I want to do to the site in order to grow it but it requires multiple servers to do so. I can easily setup the servers/infrastructure to make this happen at my office location and in fact I dont mind laying down a few bucks to make it a nice-clean-redudant facility for my server network.

My question....
Comcast currently has a Business Class offering in my area which is 100MB down / 20MB up for 300 US Dollars per month. Now I know in theory that is plenty of horsepower, I just cant get over the hurdle of using Comcast as my primary Internet Provider based on past experiences I have heard, but not experienced first hand!

The other option I have checked into for my area is Dark-Fiber which is available to my Office however total expenses for this service with burstable 100mb up and down 3mbps channel is close to $1200.00 a month with a $10,000 installation cost.

Lastly, I have checked into Virtual Services (linode,slicehost,amazon) but cannot use them based on some policies (its another long story).

Can anyone shed light on my dilemma, does anyone have a similar experience to share, insights or comments? Is anyone doing something similar?

5:42 pm on Oct 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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have you considered renting dedicated servers?

$300 a month could get you three servers.