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  1. #1
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    Need Help Choosing Server Specs!

    Hi,

    Here's my site overview:

    - File Sharing Site
    - 5TB+ Files
    - 20K+ Concurrent Visitors
    - 80TB+ Bandwidth / Month

    I need to know what server specifications are well suit with my site. Something for fast I/O, HDD Space, RAID, HDD Amounts, HDD Configuration, Bandwidth, DDos Consideration, RAM, CPU, Ports, Speed and ......

    My preferred location: Anywhere in US as long as it has the best connection are.
    My Budget: $800/Month.

    Please, point me to right direction. Thanks!

  2. #2
    There is a ton of information missing here.

    What does your current setup look like? Are you running into any bottlenecks there? If so, then what resources? Does your web site work with splitting the files across multiple servers?
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    The US is pretty big, do you have a preference on a specific region?
    If you want good i/o, I woul work with a RAID setup and SSD caching, just for your info.
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    Are you just serving up files or is there a user-facing website? Are those 20k+ users going to be triggering database queries?
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    Indeed it will make a bit of a difference as to whether or not you plan on hosting the actual front end website, databases, etc, on this server as well.

    You may want to set up the OS and any separate services on an independent RAID controller (or onboard controller) using SSD or fast HDDs.

    The primary issue with large file servers hosting tons of files is disk I/O, no doubt. You will want multiple disks on a fast and reliable controller, otherwise you're going to run into some growing pains.

    Do you plan on continuously expanding the file storage and traffic? These are things to consider as well. You should look forward and put a growth plan in place for this.
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    I would suggest the configuration below;

    E5-2620
    Intel® Dual Hex E5 Processor: 12 x 2.0 GHz CPU
    32 GB RAM
    4 x 2 TB SATA II HDD with Hardware RAID-10
    100 TB of transfers / 1000 Mbps burstable bandwidth
    5 public IP addresses or even more.
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  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by MrPiang View Post
    I would suggest the configuration below;

    E5-2620
    Intel® Dual Hex E5 Processor: 12 x 2.0 GHz CPU
    32 GB RAM
    4 x 2 TB SATA II HDD with Hardware RAID-10
    100 TB of transfers / 1000 Mbps burstable bandwidth
    5 public IP addresses or even more.
    4x2TB in RAID-10 will give around 4TB of usable space. The OP already has 5TB+ files. I will recommend 4x3TB or even better, 8x2TB in RAID-10.

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    Yeah, for better IO performance I will suggest 8 x 2TB HDD in RAID-10 as well.
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    In serving 80TB/mo you want to look for +300Mbps port. In your scenario, IO would almost certainly be your bottleneck, specially with SATA disk. That would be ideal to use SSDs to overcome this bottleneck. If your budget is not enough for a pure SSD set up, you can still use a SSD along with your SATA disks (make sure they are 7200rpm and in RAID 10) to cache the frequently severed files. The more ram you can get, the better. I would not care much about the CPU, since file serving is not CPU intensive.
    I would definitely use nginx for the best performance.
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    Guys, IO isn't necessarily the issue here. Depending on the size of the files which I assume are larger if he is using 5TB he would need to focus more on throughput. It definitely wouldn't hurt to setup the OS, main site, DB on 2 x 120GB SSDS and then have 8 x 2TB enterprise grade drives on a newer raid controller with r/w cache enabled for smaller files. If you plan to grow though I would do 10 x 2TB disks which would require the provider to use a common 12 bay chassis. This would also give you 10TB of space.
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    Some providers also offer SAN solution...
    Maybe having a 'little' front server and this bunch of disks for data could be interesting, but it can also have drawbacks, e.g. it will require a little more IT skill to setup/manage it to the best.

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