That hardware costs money is a normal thing in this world. And that we need hardware to run our software is something you are aware of, for sure. But what kind of hardware do we need and how much does it cost?
Right now, MadIRC has no own servers. We run on our oper’s servers. They sponsor the needed capacities and keep the network alive.
But this also makes us depending on them. In our history, we already had an oper who decided to no longer participate with us which required us to find a new server location as soon as possible. It went well, but we still depend on people’s good will.
So what would it cost to become completely independent?
We did a quick calculation:
|Quantity||Name||Purpose||Price (Digital Ocean)||Price (Vultr)|
|3x||Host||Host the IRC, Webpage and services||$15/month ($5/month per droplet)||$15/month ($5/month per node)|
|3x 10GB||Persistent Storage||Store configuration and certificates||$3/month ($0.10/GB/month)||$3/month ($0.10/GB/month)|
|1x 20GB||Persistent Storage||Store Services and statistic Database||$2/month ($0.10/GB/month)||$2/month ($0.10/GB/month)|
All in all, we have $20 per month for a completely independent IRC network running on 3 hosts.
It basically means when 20 Members spend $1 per month for MadIRC we can provide even more awesome and high available service!
Let’s see what would be the difference?
|Services / Features||“Chaotic” ($0/month)||Dedicated ($20/month)|
|HA IRC setup||✔||✔|
|Mumble web interface||✔||✔|
|IRC with trusted certificates||✖||✔|
|HA Tor Access||✖||✔|
|Load balanced bouncer service||✖||✔|
|Security audit for all nodes||✖||✔|
It’s up to you to improve MadIRC or not. Since we don’t know what you think about our idea to become more independent, we started a user poll and see what we should focus on in future.
Tell us what you think!