So, I have taken things a step further. I started off being interested in buying VPS machines – I then turned to low end Dedicated Servers, and now, I’m dabbling in hosting my own VPS machines.
To start off with, I am doing this not for profit. I will not be offering any formal support for my customers, and have negotiated a deal with RapidSwitch, who are providing me with a discount (because I’m not making any money from it). I will be offering OpenVZ VM’s to people on my University course for £5.00/m, with the following spec: 18GB hard disk space, 400MB Ram, 128MB VSwap, and 750GB Bandwidth.
I’ve chosen to use the OpenVZ Web Panel control panel software, as it is easy to use and free.
If this is a successful endeavor, then I may go on to provide commercial VPS’s to customers. Who knows!
You can probably expect some OpenVZ/CentOS based posts in the not too distant future…
I had to go with SolusVM, due to OWP’s lack of bandwidth tracking. This meant increasing the price by £0.50 to £5.50/m – however, I think the users are probably getting a slightly better experience with the commercial control panel.