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# 153512 29-Sep-2014 17:13
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I have a little (64gb, 2gb i5) Macbook Air with a smashed screen. It works just fine with an external monitor.

Recently my ISP changed my plan so I have a fixed IP address.

I run several websites, and one in particular - running a pre-Symfony version of eZPublish - uses rather a lot of disk space, and is a bit of a hog CPU wise.

I have a  VPS on Rimu, which is great, but I'm finding it hard to stay within the space limitations. So, I'm thinking of moving the the large site to a local server. Point is: would the Air be up to the job? It's very low power, has a built in UPS, has more disk storage and available RAM than the VPS. It also only owes me about $300, so would end up being comparable to just about anything else I can think of (a Raspberry Pi with a SSD would have quite a bit less power and wouldn't be that much less). I'm I missing anything beyond the fact that my uptime would almost certainly go from 99.99% to something a bit lower?

If I do use the Air, would I get much in the way of performance gain by using Ubuntu Server (which I've used before and don't have any real problem setting up) rather than just leaving OSX on the thing and switching off as many user interface services as I can?

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  # 1143670 29-Sep-2014 17:20
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I guess uptime could be limited by both your ISP and your machine's reliability, and you may not be meant to host a service on your residential broadband plan. Your RTO will be much higher than with a hosted solution.

How important is the service?

Rimu appears to charge 10c/GB of disk per month. Might be worth paying that than the hassle of hosting yourself.

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  # 1143673 29-Sep-2014 17:25
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One thing that counts against OS-X at the moment is that its not patched for Shellshock. (nobody else is a 100% either, but thats beside the point).

I would not host anything of importance on a residential broadband connection.


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  # 1143695 29-Sep-2014 18:19
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Personally i stick to only hosting things at home that i can deal with being offline for a sudden and be fine for the downtime.

my personal webserver would probably handle fine on my vdsl with the traffic it gets, but having it sitting on a VPS gives me a fair bit more reliably, and a few bonuses... Not to mention it keeps you away from any "server hosting clause" in your TOS - not that its likely that a minor site is going to cause any issues with this.

This also leaves my bandwidth much more clear for anything i want to do (otherwise likely the connection speed would be a constant issue pushing the bandwidth i do elsewhere.)

that leaves me with server hosting between friends/family sitting on my personal connection, Which does a fine job at clogging my pipe as it is.

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  # 1144113 30-Sep-2014 11:32
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Thanks all.

I think I'm coming around to your points of view. The time spent and the probability that the service would be compromised mean that running the site at home would be a false economy. It'd still be fun to try though! I'm not sure whether my ISP (the one that recently renamed itself to remind one of the Pike River disaster, or what happens just before you smell burning insulation - what on earth were they thinking?) actually allows one to run a website from home or not.

Anyhow, point taken. I'll flog the Air and use the money to pay for more server space.

Paul B

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