GENTLEMEN, fellow gerbils, to all in attendance... please, sit down.
A matter of great importance has presented itself to me, recently. You see, it turns out that my internet service provider (Optimum, a subsidiary of Cablevision) allows individuals to host HTTP and e-mail servers from their own connection
, provided that they subscribe to the SpeedBoost plan, for 30 mbps downstream and 5 mbps up. I intend to take advantage of this, produce a website for my own small business, and host and serve it on my own connection.
Now, I've played around with hosting servers before, but this'll be the first time that I'll be doing anything serious with it. Plus, it'll be the online face of my business, so I want it to run well. My plan, thus far, is to purchase one of these Foxconn NanoPC barebone kits with the AMD E-350
in it (I figure it's fast enough for the kind of site I want to host and the amount of traffic I'm expecting to encounter), slap in the maximum 4 GB of RAM permitted, and connect an inexpensive, "large enough" SSD to store the data. I figure that ought to be a pretty good, low power webserver... but maybe I'm totally off-base.
Anyways, I came here for advice on the SSD, since I'm totally new to SSD's. I was looking at the OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB
, but there seemed to be some trepidation on the internet as to its level of reliability. Is there any free SSD-testing software, like memtest86, that I can run when I get an SSD? Do most SSD manufacturers provide firmware updates and utilities on their websites?