I have to bring something up that I don’t really want to, but I feel it is better we start a discussion before we have some serious problems.
And that is in the very near future we could have no available servers for FMIS.
The streamline server in Australia has been suspended as we never used it and it is down to its last $20 on the account (thanks to everyone who donated for keeping it alive as long it has been).
The Canadian Repo server is expected to go down soon as Lisim from COG has informed me he will no longer be paying for it. Which while sad, I think we all owe Lisim a very big thanks for supporting our group for so long. But the harsh reality is we should expect it to go down within a couple of weeks.
Thirdly, anyone who has been dealing lately with the New US server that Stranger has provided will notice how unreliable it is and how many problems we have had with it. From crashing to the major issue we had with the FTP. Also he has stated he will no longer be paying for it after November, but there is no point in relying on an unreliable server.
Well, I feel we should start a discussion about alternatives. Fortunately, actual dedicated servers are a lot more cost effective here in North America than they are in Australia.
I have managed to find these guys here: https://www.soyoustart.com/ca/en/
and their prices are not that much more expensive than the crappy Streamline servers.
Starting at $42.00 Canadian a month (Aussie and Canadian dollars are just about on par and of course US Dollars and Euros are much stronger) https://www.soyoustart.com/ca/en/essential-servers/ we can get an:
Intel Xeon E3-1225v2 @ 3.2GHz /3.6GHz with
SoftRaid 3x120 GB SSD which I am not quite sure what that means (Shukaze perhaps you can expand).
And for an extra $3 a month, we can get a 3.7GHz /3.9GHz CPU which should be more than powerful enough to run ArmA 3.
For anyone wondering both those specs are dramatically superious to what we run on the Canadian Repo server now currently and it seems to run ArmA very well. So I think these options would be perfect.
They do have dedicated gaming servers: https://www.soyoustart.com/ca/en/game-servers/ Starting at $64.00 a month but they probably would be overkill for what we do.
Anyway if this is something we as a group are interested in I would offer and open the server up to bring everything FMIS over to. Meaning the Website (which I believe Shukaze pays $25 a month to have hosted) The ArmA 3 Servers and Repo and even if David wanted to - the teamspeak.
All senior members (admins) and people we trust would have access to the server so you can run what ever games or ArmA anytime you like. Or host anything you guys might want to (so long as it is legal)
Ideally, if we went for the 3.7ghz server for $45 a month I would ask if there would be 3 or more others willing to split it with me? That would mean quite literally it would cost you $10 a month, I would happily pay $15 a month or if there would be a 5th person wanting to chip in we could even bring it down lower than $10 a month.
That means for each of us we would have our own proper dedicated server owned by NO ONE else but us to do what we want with, with no reservations or limitations. Something we have never had before.
And we can have all that for less than the cost of 1 large big mac meal a month (per person).
In all honesty if we could get 6 or more people to jump aboard and help out we could bring the price down to as much as a cup of coffee a month.
I know there is quite a number of long time members here and the more we have chip in the cheaper it will be for everyone or if the consensus is we could get better hardware.
Anyway. I will let you all discuss our options I’m open to anything and all options.