This is is probably the biggest decision a potential Service Provider will have to make.
Here are some considerations that may help you decide.
I am basing example on a 3 year period.
(When considering Blobbing capacity, the standard rig has 8 HDD bays. Although this allows a max potential of 144GB per rig (unformatted capacity) using 18TB drives, such large drives are relatively new und untested long term so smaller drives are still usually preferred in DCs - 60-80TB may be a more realistic estimate.)
Buying recommended rig
The cost of the recommended rig is around $4,000+tax. This should provide several years of service. Our recommended supplier also includes a 3-year warranty aswell (although a DC would likely charge a small fee). So it is fair to average the monthly cost at $120 over a 3- year period.
However, a rig would still have significant value after this time, say 50% as an estimate, so you could estimate average to $60.
This means having your own rig operational inside s DataCenter. They will only allow server grade equipment in industry standard cases. Typical colocation costs for a 2u rig should be between $100-$200. But also be aware of excess additional power and bandwidth charges (may also apply to rental). Also check hands on charge for maintenance such as replacement of faulty parts.
Buying + Colocating benefits
- Own hardware
- Cheaper long term
- Typically much cheaper to scale Blobbing capacity
Buying + Colocating negatives
- Higher up-front costs
- Less predictable costs (possibility for maintenance)
It will be difficult to get an exact match to the recommended rig specs as each DC/provider has their preferred setup.
Typical rental costs range from $200 upwards for the basic spec. (some locations may be significantly more than this), however rentals tend to be very inflexible and charges for extra storage for increased Blobbing capacity are relatively much higher. Although repair of faulty parts should be included, there will likely still be an excess charge for bandwidth and other manual intervention.
- Minimal initial outlay
- More predictable ongoing costs
- Not portable (basically stuck at that DC)
- Likely more expensive long-term
- Nothing is owned
- Additional Blobbing capacity Lilley much more expensive.