I am at a crossroads in selecting subscription plan.
My current contract shall expire on about mid April, 2012. According to contract term I must submit 2 month notice to ISP if I'm not prepared to renew it.
Current contract: - 6Mbps ADSL, 1 fixed IP and 3 free email accounts of 6MB storage each.
I expect to change ADSL to DSL also with 1 fixed IP. I have no specific requirement on free email account. I only use it to communicate with ISP. Therefore 1 free email account will be sufficient. I'm now in contact of 2 new ISPs
Broadband service provider via telephone line.
4Mbps/4Mbps DSL (2 year contract), 1 fixed IP and 3 free email account each of 50MB storage. The monthly subscription is cheaper than my current contract by 10%. Free wired router will be provided
Fibre-to-the-home/building broadband service provider
100Mbps/100Mbps DSL (2 year contract), 1 fixed IP and 1 free email account of 20MB storage. The monthly subscription is about 47% more expensive than my current contract. No router will be provided. They will provide Cat5-E or fibre connection to their fibre network.
I'm quite interested on the speed of fibre broadband except the monthly subscription is more expensive. I'm willing to absorb the increase on subscription if there will be an advantage to my work.
I have only 2 physical servers, one for redundancy. I'm running virtualization, i.e. about 30 VMs (virtual servers) on each box. Most VMs are running Linxu/Unix OS. I'm running them mainly for testing, only 2/3 of them for working, mail and web servers, but without heavy traffic.
Several years ago I used dynamic IP with free dyndns and curl to monitor the router address. Any changes wget will notify free dyndns which in turn will use the inbound tcp address to update/propagate their records. It worked without program on single domain. However I couldn't make it work on multiple domains. Therefore I use fixed/static IP afterwards.
Please shed me some lights whether there will be advantage for me on selecting fibre broadband? TIA