Hosting providers post-Rackspace

Further feedback from the same instructor:

I have updated information on the student subscription cost. They’ve changed their model since last time I looked into it. Students now purchase a 365 day access code. I’ve attached the options. Note the $85 per year is for just the coding part of the VLab and the $100-$110 per year, per student is for the full lab, including the coding/grouping modules. More information on the features of the vlab are:

I don’t see any per user fees being necessary, either. We are not just offering to “host” that can be done by anyone, it’s host, manage the services, reset the database between classes, etc.

If we can do it cheaper at the community level, then that’s cool too. That was just my offer as a commercial vendor of hosting services

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It’s very helpful to just have some ballpark figures for comparison purposes. Frankly, I don’t know what a reasonable hosting fee is. Is anyone opposed to me contacting the publisher Pearson to see if there is any interest in them paying for an instance they can use or trying to collaborate in some other fashion?

No objections. I think I can be onboard with $100-150/mo with semester-long contract. No per-user limits will be imposed. I think the community can offer this service – it also helps to get us money/revenue.

No objections from me either

My customers pay between $300 / $600 for hosting and support depending on what services they want. Just so you know.

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I like 600 per semester and single user fees

@r0bby @aethelwulffe @tony Are we any closer to deciding on a new host? I suspect several universities may want to know. We do have to fix a few software issues first

We’re staying put on Rackspace for now. Our discount is going to remain indefinitely.

This is once again a thing – I saw this when I logged into our control panel on Rackspace:

Racker 4:45 PM 2 days ago Greetings Software Freedom Conservancy,

Upon review we noted your account had been receiving the Open Compute Discount in 2019. Rackspace is offering to extended this discount to 12/31/2021.

We apologize for the discount lapse that led to your January and soon to be February invoices. We are working on a credit request for your January invoice while we work to get the discount re-extended.

Please DO NOT close this ticket until your February credit or refund has been processed and the discount is confirmed as being applied.

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can either update this ticket or call us on the number below. We are happy to help!

If you have any questions please feel free to update this ticket at any time and we’ll get back to you.

Kind Regards, Jerome D Customer Service Technician

So best guess, we have until 12/21/2021 to get off of Rackspace, this doesn’t provide me with any assurance that they won’t just pull the rug from under us.

DigitalOcean and AWS has offerings for Open Source, not having to be tied to one provider would be good.