Consolidation of cloud services into a BuyVM.net virtual machine

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Consolidation of cloud services into a BuyVM.net virtual machine by Mind Map: Consolidation of cloud services into a BuyVM.net virtual machine

1. Service Specification

1.1. 1024 / 2048 RAM

1.2. 4 Cores CPU

1.3. 3TB Traffic

1.4. 60GB Storage

1.5. Ubuntu 10.04 server

2. Pros / Cons

2.1. Pros

2.1.1. Price point is very attractive compared to all cloud services combined

2.1.2. You can virtually install ANYTHING you like

2.1.3. Fully in control of data, access and manipulation

2.1.4. Real root access - nobody but you decides what services run on the box

2.1.5. Easy install, reinstall / reimage of the OS in case you want to start over again

2.1.6. Access through "backdoor" even if you screw up SSH access / network access

2.1.7. Not paying for services you don't need

2.1.8. Flexible and scalable

2.2. Cons

2.2.1. Need to spend time reading through Linux documentation

2.2.2. Requires significant amount of time to fully setup all services

2.2.3. Limited support (Google is your friend) for specific services you need

2.2.4. Security is your problem now

2.2.5. Currently not a way to rollback changes (screw up = debug)

2.2.6. All services on 1 box / VM creates single point of failure.

2.2.7. You are responsible for backups

2.2.8. Not all web services have decent "self hosted" equivalents (like Mindmeister)

3. Services to migrate

3.1. Webhosting

3.1.1. Full migration possible from MediaTemple Grid Service to BuyVM

3.1.2. From "Shared grid service" to "Virtual Private Server"

3.1.3. Comparable product at MediaTemple is $50 / month (ve) service

3.2. Online Todo

3.2.1. Migration possible with limitations

3.2.2. No web based interface (like Nozbe)

3.2.3. No integration of Evernote with Omnifocus

3.2.4. Mac only

3.3. Webdav

3.3.1. From a free test service

3.4. Email

3.4.1. Migrating from Google Apps possible - only limitation is lack of push email

3.5. Mindmapping

3.5.1. No self-hosted alternative which is as good as mindmeister

3.6. Note taking

3.6.1. Evernote is an unbeatable service - various self-hosted note synchronization are available, but not as good as EN

3.7. File sharing

3.7.1. Dropbox is an unbeatable service - files can be shared with Webdav but lacks decent synchronization services

4. Financials

4.1. Costs

4.1.1. BuyVM (Tier 4) - $12.95/m

4.1.2. Omnifocus desktop - $79 one off

4.1.3. Omnifocus iPad - $39 one off

4.1.4. Total Year 1: $273,40

4.1.5. Total Year 2 fwd: $155,40

4.2. Cost cut

4.2.1. Mediatemple GS - $20/m

4.2.2. Nozbe - $15/m

4.2.3. Strong VPN - $7/m

4.2.4. Total per year: $504,00

4.3. Saving Year 1

4.3.1. $230,60 / y

4.4. Saving Year 2

4.4.1. $338,60 / y

5. Sources

5.1. Contact me on Twitter

5.2. BuyVM

5.3. MediaTemple

5.4. Nozbe

5.5. Email

5.6. Mindmapping (THIS SITE) :-)

5.7. Evernote

5.8. Dropbox