serving up new stuff?

The price of mid-range servers has taken a big dip in recent months.

I’m seriously considering taking advantage of this.

The idea that I’m playing with is to grab a used server, installing ESX Server, and building virtualised machines¬†on it.

The plan is to replicate everything the NAS currently does, but to replicate it in a more scaleable, faster environment.

The NAS has 256MB of RAM.

A decent used server comes with 16GB of RAM.

And that’s a huge difference.

Cost of a used server?

About £150.

Cost of ESX Server?

Free.

Cost of operating system?

Free.

Cost of software (DNS Server, Mailserver, Firewall, etc)?

Free.

Cost of database products?

Free.

It would be an interesting project.

And it fits nicely with my business idea.

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