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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011

    Question VPS for video streaming website

    I want to run a video streaming website like youtube. The traffic is expected to be 1000 - 5000 views daily.

    What specifications you suggest for the VPS. I mean CPU and RAM; and which play a more critical role? Or any other feature needed? Please share your views. Thanks

  2. #2
    You should use Nginx instead of Apache2. It's better for much traffic sites.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    256MB base ram (if you will use innodb like most modern vod scripts) + 130MB ram for each process of ffmpeg/mencoder that will run simultaneously. 512MB of xen/kvm will be enough, but if will want to go with openvz get around 700MB.

    And of course final touch is you need "the more cpu the better" (get a minimum of 2 cores, 1 for transcoding 1 for website script) and VPS providers are limited on HDD and you need to know your transcoding setting as this will limit the number of videos that you will be able to host.

    Port 50-100mbps is enough, but don't forget about peering, if you get some crap like cogentco visitors from the seas will not be able to play ~720p videos without buffering them.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Thanks for describing all issues involved

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