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Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:23 pm
As some of you will know, EIDS used to take in raspberry pi's for collocation so you could have your raspberry pi in a data-center connected to super fast internet. I was wondering if there would be any interest in people renting a raspberry pi server hosted in a data center, like a VPS but dedicated. If there is interest in this I might get a bunch of them collocated in a UK data center and rent them out for little more than the collocation fee, I can fit around 20 raspberry pi's in a 1U case with the PSU all the cabling and a small networking switch. The total cost for this hardware would be £750 + £40 per month for collocation and around £30 quarterly for the ip addresses. This would allow me to rent a raspberry pi out for around £5 per month, they would come with a dedicated IP address and 100Mb connection. Im sure someone else has thought of this or maybe doing this, but its something i'm willing to do if there is a market for it! Let me know your thoughts.
Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:01 pm
I like the idea of putting lots of them in a 1U case - it's what makes it financially viable. The downside, of course, is local storage (as I'm guessing you can't fit lots of 2.5" HDs in there!).
Would you have any sort of bandwidth restrictions? (for £30 a month you can get a VM with around 50GB/month of data transfer)
You'd also need a way of power cycling them remotely by the end user (I'd be happy to help with that).
I'd certainly be interested for £5 / month with a 32GB card in one (I'd be happy to supply the card + Pi if needed!).
As an addon (perhaps for an extra £3 per month) you could offer space on a NAS located in the same place mounted over NFS (1TB NAS, sold in blocks of 50GB?).
Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:52 pm
Hi Pytgag, Putting HDD's in the same case would not be an option however I can get a small intel atom server with say 2 1TB drives in RAID 1 to provide backup space. As for the bandwidth I believe I can do around 1TB per raspberry pi, Remote reboot may be an issue and I will have to look into this. 32GB SD cards would come as stock however there would have to be an initial one off £15 setup fee. I think I will be doing this in the very near future!
Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:14 pm
This certainly can be done, but the problem is you need to find a DC Company willing enough to allow a "DIY" server into their DC. so you will need to engineer a case to do this, as well as have space for Cabling, SD cards, removal of heat etc.
Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:30 pm
Personally, this makes absolutely no sense because of the Pi's minimal CPU performance and limited RAM, and there's no way to remotely access the GPU's HDMI output, particularly the 3-D graphics. Just run the software in a virtual machine on a local system if you don't want to access any of the Pi's real beneficial features. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:04 pm
I don't get it either; the disadvantages are huge. This pretty much makes the pi useless, especially for tinkering with the ports.
Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:02 pm
I'd be interested in experimenting with the Pi for cheap webhosting.
I envision a "dedicated server" web hosting package: System on the local SD card, data on a SAN through iSCSI. Probably LAMP enabled, or asp.net/mono (I hear mono on the Pi does suck a bit, though).
As of fitting 20 in a 1U rack case with PSU and a small network switch.. I have my doubts. The built-in network switch would need at least 21 ports to be useful. Not exactly what I'd call a "small switch". Also consider the ethernet cabling for 20 ports. Then the PSU and cabling for power distribution. Plus, due to the packing density, some cooling fans.
All stuffed into a 1U rack case? No way
What would really be useful to the task would be kind of a "blade" model Pi, with all the neccessary signal headers united on a common backplane connector; Together with a backplane that has it's own gigabit ethernet switching chip (broadcom makes those, too) and one or two power supply units. Perfect for enabling low cost (especially in terms of energy consumption) dedicated server farms.
Probably could paint the whole thing green by running it off a photovoltaic installation on your roof, too
Posted: Thu May 02, 2013 10:17 pm
Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:13 am
Is there any update on the collocation services?