Hi Clayton - yes, that would be super helpful.
We are probably going to purchase a new server in the next few months that we will squeeze into the chelsea colo center (and will be exploring the option/price/value of getting all SSDs in that machine).
Beyond that server… here’s some general info to help with the research.
We currently manage two kinds of servers: proxy servers and data servers.
The proxy servers are out of our colo center and hosted with providers that specialize in defending against DDOS attacks. We host our authoritative DNS servers this way (they are not technically proxy servers but because they rely on the UDP protocol that can be spoofed they are easy targets). In addition, we maintain a proxy server outside our colo to proxy web traffic and MX traffic. These servers generally do not hold sensitive data, they are not run on encrypted hard disks, and we are not in control of the hardware.
The data servers, on the other hand, are all in our chelsea colo center, are run on hardware we control and all have encrypted disks.
This division will become more definitive once we finish our infrastructure upgrade (scheduled for summer 2020) and all of our email and web services will go through proxies before hitting our data servers.
I’m saying all of this because… now is a good time to research colocation providers for our proxy servers (that offer DDOS protection) and see if any of them also offer green energy. We currently use Awknet, US Dedicated, and Reliable Servers. I’d be curious if any of them offer green technology. It’s not terribly difficult to move from one company to another and we are currently in a spot where we could put a new proxy server to use.
On the other hand, it’s not a great time to research data centers for our data servers, since our current infrastructure cannot handle having data servers in multiple locations, although our new infrastructure should be able to manage it. Post Summer 2020 we should start researching those options. That’s a much harder task - since we need a higher degree of trust in the company managing the servers. I think in addition to green energy, we should also be considering movement politics and whether they are organize cooperatively (I have an eye on Koumbit as the kind of place that might fit the bill).
Let me know what you think!