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Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

I just spent some time looking at server buying+collocation vs rental for a server with an 8c/16t CPU, 128 RAM and 2x1TB NVMe.

Rental: €120/month
Buy: ~€3000 + €50/month collocation.

Cost after 5 year:
Rental: €7200
Buy+Collocation: €6000
If asking for credit to pay the server over 5 years: €7500

So, only profitable with cash at hand or if you use the server for more than 5 years (obviously doable but hard to make 5 year decisions in tech).

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@hugo Spare parts and maintenance are "a thing" as well ..

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@moritzheiber yep but for 5 years it's usually not a significant cost. I have servers running for about that time and they never had a single part changed or maintenance done.

From experience (mine and others) after 5 years it's when it starts to be more of an issue. That's why I made the calculations for 5 years because after that it's hard to say.

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@hugo I wish it would be possible to get a colo in my area for that price. Usually ends up around 130 to 150 Euros with electricity, traffic and ip included

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@lvdd_ it really depends on the server (or blade) and usage but it's possible to find decent collocation prices in Europe for less than €100/month/server but for a collocation of multiple servers.

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@hugo Maybe, but for me it only makes sense to have a colo somewhere reachable. Why would I run something in Czech Republic? In that case I also would have to calculate travel expenses. Or is it common to send my servers around and rely on local staff for everything instructing them via phone ?

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@lvdd_ You are in Germany right? Have you had a look at 23m.com/en/colocation or leaseweb.com/colocation/rack-u

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@hugo Thanks, I knew Leaseweb but the other was new to me. Leaseweb is off the table as their dc is in Amsterdam. Also 2U is over 100 Euro baseprice. The other is better, will have a closer look.

Server rental vs buying and paying collocation 

@lvdd_ Leaseweb has a datacenter in Germany (not sure where). If you go to the rack collocation you see the option available leaseweb.com/colocation/rack probably they ran out on the single server option.

23M looks really good and I have contacted them and they were really great. I would honestly have them on the top of my list if I was to collocate remotely.

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