Open Web Hosting?

Okay, so I can’t make up my mind on hosting lately. Unless you get a fully dedicated solution that’s practically hosted on your own server, there’s really not a ton of options out there that satisfy all my needs. Either they have too few options in one area, but lots in another, or they offer lots of options with some other caveat such as only one site can run at a time without paying an arm and a leg. Most of the dedicated solutions out there don’t offer much protection in the event of someone hacking into your server – you’re pretty much on your own. I was charged $500 for a Terabyte of bandwidth I didn’t use on one dedicated server I rented once.

So it got me thinking – I wonder if there is some way groups of geeks like me could share their disk space and bandwidth for others to use in a clustered-server environment. Some things it would need to do:

  • detect how much up/down speed is available and being used by each participant so as to not affect their current use of the servers and bandwidth they own
  • somehow have multiple mirrors of the data on other participants machines should one not be available
  • data would need to be encrypted or inaccessible by anyone but the owner of the data for security
  • somehow the browser would need to know which server to send the initial request to
  • I’m sure there are many other things I have not even thought of that need to be considered

I’m sure it could be done if enough thought was put into it. For now, I think I’m going to have to sacrifice one thing or another.

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Jesse Stay has been a pioneer in the space of social media marketing since before it was called "social media marketing". Originally a software developer, Jesse built a tool called which helped brands like Pepsi, Brittany Spears, and MC Hammer grow their social media presence, and before he knew it brands were coming to him for help to grow their presence in very unique ways. His tool was featured on almost every tech blog and even mainstream news sites like New York Times, Techcrunch, and Mashable. Jesse also spent a brief period working FOR Facebook, Inc., helping them to build out their documentation to help companies integrate Facebook Connect into their websites and mobile apps. Jesse took his skills and helped the LDS Church kick off most of its social media programs. While there he helped launch the award-winning "I'm a Mormon" marketing campaign with global reach worldwide in the millions of views and followers. Jesse established new global programs at the Church to further grow its reach amongst both members and non-members of the Church, working with every department of the Church, also including entities like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Brigham Young University. He also helped the Church navigate its voice and presence during the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign due to the significant attention the Church was getting at the time. He established the social media advertising techniques and strategies employed at Deseret Digital Media growing over 20 million fans across their news properties in just 6 months, and was featured on AdWeek for his success. As founder and Principal of Stay N Alive, Jesse has developed very unique techniques in social media advertising to help organizations grow presences, within months on minimal budgets, into hundreds of thousands of highly relevant and engaging fans and followers. He designed and teaches social media advertising at LDS Business College. He has helped grow sales, and has a belief that yes, you CAN measure social! Jesse has been featured as one of 10 entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter (next to Biz Stone and Ev Williams, founders of Twitter) by Entrepreneur magazine. Jesse has written 9 books on the topic of social media marketing and development, including Google+ Marketing For Dummies and Facebook All In One For Dummies, and eats, lives, and drinks social media with a personal combined presence of over 600,000 followers on his personal social profiles.

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