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Topic # 50654 25-Nov-2009 17:16
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Hi All,

I'm trying to find the best solution to a problem that I have with the business I work for.

Basically there are currently three of us at different locations in the Waikato and whom are using ADSL connections to access the internet for email etc.

What we want is VPN access to a single server that we can all then use for a number of tasks. Promarily this box will be a file server and host for a SQQL Database (or 2). We only require remote acces to the Server OS for configuration and setup - after that it will be an infrequent need.

We will then each use a VPN connection through our existing DSL to acess the server as though it was local to our home networks.

I dont think there is anything difficult about this really, however we dont want to spent a zillion dollars a month for this privilige.

What I see as the options are:-

1. Buy a server, and any network and connection hardware we need, upgrade one of our home offices to have a faster internet connection (upload speed being critical here) and away we go.
OR
2. Buy/subscribe to a dedicated hosting service that already has the internet bandwidth to support VPN connections from the 3 (for now) of us, install the software setup etc and then let someone else worry about it.

The problem with option 1 is that we are struggling to find a internet provider that can give us either
a) a Faster overall connection (fibre/wireless - whatever - anything but ADSL).
b) The main reason for that is that none of us live close to town - were all on the fringes.

Option 2 seems attractive but having done some browsing it looks like it wont be a cheap oiption - the best I've found so far is $299.95/ month and this may not even be appropriate as they dont explicitly talk about Windows based OS's being an option.
These services seem to be geared towards Web server hosting which is not what we want to do.

Now - I'm a softweare developer and havent really had much to do with networks and internat connectivity in the past few years - have I missed an option maybe?

Does anyone know if Symettric DSL is available in NZ? IT seems like it would probably solve our problem - but the only people talking about it are the government.

Thanks in advance for any insight you can lend me.

Brendon

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  Reply # 279663 5-Dec-2009 23:51
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Have u Try to use like a vps server or buy a server with everthink installed like use hosting companys there's alot out there USA or even nz ones google it and see want u can find




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  Reply # 279664 5-Dec-2009 23:54
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Go with number 2 and use logmein for remote connect or ssh that be the best way then they login from there




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  Reply # 279765 6-Dec-2009 17:51
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I assume that given the SQL server mentioned there, you mean Microsoft SQL Server? What sort of access options do you need?

What sort of file repository do you need? Would FTP / SFTP provide an adequate option, how about WebDAV?

You mention that you can't get the throughput you need - how much bandwidth do you actually need - any idea?

Finally - have you considered some options off shore? I know it's nice to have the servers local, but a hosted solution in the states may provide a much better option in terms of cost ... You do have the down side of the data traveling such large distances, however.

From what you've written so far, I would tend to go with an option that farms out as much of the management of the server to someone else.

Cheers!

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  Reply # 279774 6-Dec-2009 18:52
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bcolloty:1. Buy a server, and any network and connection hardware we need, upgrade one of our home offices to have a faster internet connection (upload speed being critical here) and away we go.
OR


It's a expensive option, when you take into account backups, internet connectivity (no cheap UPLOAD connections in NZ, your really looking at VDSL/Fibre but may get away with a ADSL2 1 Megabit upload but share that between three people and large files and things could be painful.


2. Buy/subscribe to a dedicated hosting service that already has the internet bandwidth to support VPN connections from the 3 (for now) of us, install the software setup etc and then let someone else worry about it.


Virtual Hosting solutions have come down drastically in price, if latency isn't important, Amazon's EC2 is the cheapest in town, if you want locally then traditionally you had to pay the big bucks (hundreds and hundreds per month to someone like ICONZ.)  Orcon released their cloud and from memory it has FREE national traffic and includes the Windows Server license.

Here is the pricing Link

http://www.iserve.co.nz/cloud-hosting/pricing/

And a review by Nate

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/nate/6890




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  Reply # 279781 6-Dec-2009 19:38
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exportgoldman:  Orcon released their cloud and from memory it has FREE national traffic and includes the Windows Server license.



Errr - I think you meant Iserve?, from the link:



Here is the pricing Link

http://www.iserve.co.nz/cloud-hosting/pricing/

And a review by Nate

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/nate/6890

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  Reply # 279787 6-Dec-2009 19:59
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wazzageek: Errr - I think you meant Iserve?, from the link:


Here is the pricing Link

http://www.iserve.co.nz/cloud-hosting/pricing/

And a review by Nate

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/nate/6890


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  Reply # 279803 6-Dec-2009 20:41
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bcourtney:
wazzageek: Errr - I think you meant Iserve?, from the link:


Here is the pricing Link

http://www.iserve.co.nz/cloud-hosting/pricing/

And a review by Nate

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/nate/6890


Orcon bought iSERVE



Pfffft!  I knew I was missing something there ... humble apologies!

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