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    Dedicated server for website with high traffic

    What dedicated server can you recommend for a website with high traffic? That can handle more than 5k concurrent users

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    what type of configuration are you looking for? what is your budget in mind? do you need the servers from a specific location?
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    @bsdpowa
    thanks for the hint

    - I'm running a very active vbulletin forum
    - Any amount of disk space
    - RAID-10 preferred
    - US location preferred
    - Managed server
    - Unmetered BW
    - Budget $900

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    Wow, is that per month? If that's so take a look at LiquidWeb, SoftLayer or Rackspace since you have the budget. They'll be happy to give you a quote.

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    @bsdpowa The way it seemed to me was you were trying to say it wasn't allowed to have a link in a signature.

    @OP Are you looking for a server with a control panel or is that not necessary? there are plenty off good companies. Hostdime.com wiredtree.com liquidweb.com just to name a few.

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    I'd be using SSD drives for a very active site. Since you have the budget you can definitely get RAID 10 SSD.

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    Yes, that's the monthly budget.
    I just want to know whats the best server based on my requirements

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    With that monthly budget you can get a lot. Hivelocity.net is another company. But The offers section will do you a lot of good and make sure to look for reviews of the company. You could also go with collocating servers and it may be cheaper and you could get a management company as well.

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    With that budget you will have a very wide range of choices. If I were in your situation I probably would go with a server like this:

    2 x E5-26XX Processors
    32GB DDR3 Ram
    4 x 120GB SSD's in Raid-10
    Chassis that offers redundant power supplies and hot swap bays so you can replace hard drives and power supplies without downtime

    Now, depending on how big your DB is you can have your database loaded directly from your memory which would make it incredibly fast and eliminate any IO issues you would have. You would need a further setup with like Nginx though to be able to handle that many concurrent visitors smoothly though, all of which any good managed provider can do for you. Just be clear with them as to what your requirements and site needs are.
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    I wouldn't go for the highest hardware specs. Why pay for something you are not even going to use?
    A decent E3-series, with enough RAM (16-32 GB) and SSD drives should be a good way to go.

    You can always upgrade the hardware in the future and keep your investment low from beginning.
    Try to see with the provider you sign up with if they are flexible on upgrades.
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    Four4,

    You may want to look at a two node or larger configuration versus a single powerful box. The reason I say this is that will give you both redundancy and performance.

    This would also begin to put you into a horizontal scalable pattern for your environment which allows much greater flexibility moving forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SolaDrive - John View Post
    With that budget you will have a very wide range of choices. If I were in your situation I probably would go with a server like this:

    2 x E5-26XX Processors
    32GB DDR3 Ram
    4 x 120GB SSD's in Raid-10
    Chassis that offers redundant power supplies and hot swap bays so you can replace hard drives and power supplies without downtime

    That is too much don't you think?

    E3 would be fine in his needs and even with 2 x SSD drives in software raid1 would be enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net View Post
    That is too much don't you think?

    E3 would be fine in his needs and even with 2 x SSD drives in software raid1 would be enough.
    Sure, he might be able to get away with it on an E3 but I think it would be depend on how well setup the server is. I was also taking into consideration that his forum will probably also have some growth and common peak hours most forums have. Think about WHT, they have what, 5 servers in a load balance with similar traffic?
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    I wonder whats the wariorforum server specs is using?
    Their forum has lots of concurrent users and traffic. I might go with the same specs..

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    go for e3 series like e3 1230v2 or v3. and 32gb ram. 2 ssd 240gb in raid 1. and cpanel i dont think you would need more than 500$ for this. go for leaseweb.com or softlayer.com

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    Try for cloud first

    I think you try on cloud first and then look for Dedicated Server. Cloud will help you to understand the threshold and then later you go for dedicated server

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    Any more suggestions?
    Please note that I need a provider who offers Managed service

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    E5 Quad Core
    32Gb DDR3 RAM
    4x 300GB SAS
    RAID10
    1Gbit Port Dedicated (Firewall)

    Should be fine then

    Wouldnt pay more than $500

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    Most of the people commenting on this thread most likely haven't dealt with the amount of traffic your site receives. You can't just throw hardware at this project and expect it to run flawlessly + have some sort of redundancy/load balancing (as pclhosting stated).

    You might want to have a professional company deal with your case... Softlayer is a safe bet. Even for a bit to educate yourself (if you want to cut overhead in the future).

    The reason I say this is because it's not so much the hardware, but what you run under the hood that matters most. Good luck.
    Last edited by gigist; 11-07-2013 at 05:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by four4 View Post
    Any more suggestions?
    Please note that I need a provider who offers Managed service
    Xeon E5520 with 16GB RAM and 1TB of HDD space on a 1Gbit port - which should be sufficient for traffic of 5000 clicks per day - should cost you 230$ per month if you look for hosting in India

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalFlushAceHigh View Post
    Xeon E5520 with 16GB RAM and 1TB of HDD space on a 1Gbit port - which should be sufficient for traffic of 5000 clicks per day - should cost you 230$ per month if you look for hosting in India
    Indian server for a site with 5000 concurrent users are you kidding ??

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    Would be better off hosting in the EU

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    Quote Originally Posted by trigger007 View Post
    Indian server for a site with 5000 concurrent users are you kidding ??
    You tend to underestimate the Indian IT sector provisions. I am personally aware of atleast 3 data centers that could provide for the requirements.

    Also, we know a datacenter that hosts an account that has ~10000 concurrent users.

    I cannot provide you with the details of data centers in India since advertising for me is not available as of now.

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    I also do not think you need a full E5 26xx setup, rather either an E3 12xxv3 or an E5 16xxv2 model cpus, 32gb ram, 4x128gb ssds in h/w raid10 for speed and redundancy since you have the budget. Just be sure to properly optimize the server, use caching where necessary, perhaps use a web server other than Apache such as nginx, lighttpd or litespeed (paid version). We have some customers who run very busy vB forums as well and on the 26xx servers they have 2 or 3 of them if everything is properly tuned.

    Also, why do you need 1gbps unmetered port? Do you have a lot of images/videos on the forum? If it's just forum post, you can probably get away with 100tb or even 30tb on 1gbps port to save some costs.
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    I would strongly recommend talking to a SoftLayer sales engineer
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