Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Moving to the Cloud

On April 4th, I've decided to move everything over to the cloud. I've been working in the cloud space since 2001. I've created my first domain back in 1998 and hosted some sort of service since. My servers have been increasingly more powerful through the years to today where it is a dual quad-core Xeon CPUs with 28GB of ram and raid 5 hard drives. For the most part, it runs headless. Even so, it sucks up quite a bit of power. I haven't measured exactly how much power it uses, but my electricity bill is much higher than I would like ($200+). I figure the server is using at least $100 of that per month.

What I mostly use my server for is the following:

  • Email
  • Web hosting
  • Pictures and videos
  • File sharing
  • Source control
  • Project management
  • Blogging

My needs are different from most people, but for me, having a server all these years kept me in the loop on how to write software for the web and running it. Do I need to run my own server anymore? I've been writing software for the cloud since 2000. I should really start using other people's work.

So I started doing a little research:

Service Cost per month
Email $4.17
Web hosting $0 - comes with Email
Pictures and videos $5.00
File sharing $10
Source control $5.83
Project management $0 - comes with Source Control
Blogging $0 - comes with Email

So the cost so far is $25 per month for a savings of at least $75 a month. I'm guessing more. In addition, I also to take advantage of my provider's bandwidth. Another requirement for me is that the service must work with iPad and Android phones.

The providers I'm using are:

  • Google
  • Drop Box
  • Codesion
  • Smugmug

I'm also using these free services:

  • Freshbooks
  • Evernote

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