There's a few options for hosting:


It's widely reported that Goddard won't allow public contributions on a GSFC-hosted site. I haven't seen the policy that prohibits this, though.

At A.I.

This would work, as long as the resources requirements are reasonable. We need to get a breakdown. There's also an issue of domain name. Can we get our own? Can we redirect

On SourceForge/GitHub/etc.

We need JIRA, and these are too limited to support that. They require use of their tools.


We've gotten legal approval to choose our own host, as long as they meet certain Terms of Service requirements. No commercial hosting provider we've looked at has an acceptable TOS by default, but Joel has been contacting providers to gauge interest in creating a custom TOS. So far the following hosts have been contacted:

  • 1&1
  • Amazon Web Services - maybe
  • Arvixe - maybe
  • CoolHandle - no
  • GoDaddy - no
  • DotEasy - maybe
  • DotBlock - maybe
  • DreamHost - no
  • GreenGeeks - maybe
  • HostGator - maybe
  • - maybe
  • InMotion Hosting
  • Jumpline
  • LiquidWeb - maybe
  • Linode - maybe
  • Lunarpages - no
  • MaximumASP - maybe
  • - no
  • NameCheap
  • Network Solutions
  • StartLogic - no
  • Rackspace - maybe
  • VPSDepot
  • WestHost - no

If we choose an unmanaged host and A.I. manages it, does that change the resource requirements from the At A.I. option?

This option has the same domain limitation as the At A.I. option.

System Requirements

Here's the system requirements for the proposed tools:

  • JIRA: 2GB RAM for a small instance (1,000 to 5,000 issues and 100–200 users)
  • Confluence: 512MB RAM for 5 concurrent users; 2GB RAM for 25 concurrent users
  • phpBB: minimal (<128MB + Apache + mod_php)
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