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Re: People who purchase unproven technologies to support their Business, and whine about it. RE: To CAIS Engineers - WAKE UP AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR CUSTOMERS
From: Clayton Fiske <clay () bloomcounty org>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 12:16:09 -0700

On Tue, May 15, 2001 at 10:18:30AM -0400, Wojtek Zlobicki wrote:

    How many medium sized businesses (lets say under 50 or 100 people) do
you know that are willing to or can afford colocation.  Many of these
companies have only one server on prem.  For customers such as this, they
not only need a way to host a small webpage (receiving a hit a day if they
are lucky) but also need internet access.  It is customers like this for
whom DSL is appropriate.  I should have been more clear on the case of the
company needing internet access.  The problem with going with some of these
fly buy night hosting operations is that some are using DSL themselves!

Fair enough. But the bottom line is this: If you're paying for the
cheapest connectivity that suits your basic needs, you're going to
get the cheapest. Expecting it to be as good as the more expensive
solutions is unrealistic.

    I don't know much about the colocation market in the US.  But I do know
that it is difficult to find a reasonable colocation facility here in Canada
for under $500-1000 a month (I may be wrong here, I have not looked at
colocation pricing in a while).

Well, it's a trade-off. If your website represents a significant revenue
source for your company, you can justify spending the money to put it
somewhere reliable. If you're only getting a couple of hits a day, it
probably doesn't matter all -that- much if you do lose your connectivity
for even several days.


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