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Server Hosting

We have a server rack in the store room, and members may colocate one server.

Space

Each member can use 1-2U of full-depth rack space, or some shared shelf-space for small ARM systems.

Network

Hacklab's internet is provided by HUBS. Each member may use:

  • one public IPv4 address (from 185.34.62.0/27)
  • many private IPv4 addresses (from 10.38.41.0/24)
  • lots of public IPv6 addresses (from 2a04:5d00:70:1::/64)

Power

Although our power usage is not metered we still have good reasons to limit consumption:

  • our landlord has to pay for it so we don't want to be a burden or to use enough to be noticed
  • power turns into heat, which has to be vented or air-conditioned out of the store room
  • it's ecologically unfriendly to use more than we need

When choosing a server, consider the amount of power that will be consumed and the amount of use that will be made of it. Many personal servers will be idle for a lot of the time, so a modern server with good power saving features would be desirable. Better still, get a low power Atom, Xeon-D or ARM system (e.g. Raspberry Pi).

BE AWARE THAT POWER-HUNGRY SERVERS MAY BECOME UNACCEPTABLE AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE. DON'T SPEND MONEY ON THEM.

Alternatives

Virtual machines are available on lithium. Please ask Tim if you would like one.

Acceptable Use Policy

We don't have an official acceptable use policy at this time. Members should avoid illegal activities and consider whether their content will attract unwanted attention or damage Hacklab's reputation.

As a guide, anything that a normal hosting provider would allow should be okay. If your application or content would cause problems at another provider then you should discuss this with directors or the membership first.

Tor has been discussed previously and there were a number of objections on ethical and reputational grounds. Tor nodes are unlikely to be approved and should not be operated on our network.

serverhosting.txt · Last modified: 2016-12-21 13:25 by tim