[Gllug] london hackspace news / Cheap 2nd hand rackmount servers

Richard W.M. Jones rich at annexia.org
Sat Apr 2 08:36:04 UTC 2011

On Sat, Apr 02, 2011 at 01:27:49AM +0100, Mike Brodbelt wrote:
> On 30/03/11 22:56, Jasper Wallace wrote:
>> I don't know why last.fm got rid of them, but they are in the 4-5 years
>> old age bracket, They may of moved to hosting in the cloud.
> Reasons for retiring old servers vary. They were "white-box" kit which  
> is more difficult to manage with regard to support contracts. That's one  
> reason for removing them, but the main one was that the cost of a server  
> is relatively low compared to the cost of the data centre space it's  
> hosted in - so at some stage it's cheaper to replace 2 or 3 racks of kit  
> with 1 rack of new stuff. You get same or better performance, as you  
> ride Moore's law, and you don't have to buy more colo space, which gets  
> very pricey.

Which always makes me wonder .. why don't people build colos somewhere
where land and power are cheaper?


Richard Jones
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