I am in the market for a dedicated server to start hosting my business. I have gone with shared hosting before, but as my needs are growing I need to upgrade. I am looking long and hard at 1and1 because they are awesome and their packages seem cost effective. I have also reviewed all their online F.A.Q.'s, which are extensive and easy to follow. Some of the stuff would be my first time doing it, so that is key. Here's the link to 1and1... http://order.1and1.com/xml/order/Se...731DF372650BB7.TC61a?__frame=_top&__lf=Static Now, if I want to waive the $99 setup fee, I need to commit for $24 months. That's $119x24 at least (if that's the package I get), which is a little over $2,800 in the long run. Obviously, it may be more cost effective to purchase one, and house it where I live. BUT, if I move (I know it's not often, but still happens), I would also have to pay electric charges for a 24x7 server, would suffer outages if my ISP/Power goes down (which could go un-noticed for hours if I'm not home), and a few other reasons why purchasing my own might not be best. Also, I plan on sub-sidizing some of my cost. I already have one person onboard for $19.99 a month (I know, more expensive than you other guys but their package needs are complex - basically I took what 1and1 would have charged them for what they needed, MS Developer package, and am charging them that) - and am close to getting another. That would put me close to half way there, and if I'm aggressive I could fill the rest within a few months. On the contrary, if I were hosting it here, I could make profit monthly since I have no overhead, and eventually make back my initial investment on the server. What do you guys think?