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  1. #1
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    What performs better? 2 x 32GB E3 vs 1 x 64GB E5?

    Which setup is better for performance? 2 Smaller Servers, or 1 Larger Server? (Prices and Specs nearly equal)



    2 x 32GB Intel E3-1245v2
    ( SETUP: 1 SQL Server + 1 HTTP Server )
    OVH.com/us/dedicated-servers/sp1.xml


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    1 x 64GB Intel E5-1620
    ( SETUP: SQL + HTTP on single Server )
    OVH.com/us/dedicated-servers/eg1.xml




    P.S. Using it for a database heavy PHP Video Site running NginX.

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    High RAM for better DB performance, Since CPU performance is almost similar (benchmark)

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    Depends,
    Probably the bottleneck in your case would be iOPS, consider getting 2x instead of one
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    Hey,

    http://ark.intel.com/products/65729/...Cache-3_40-GHz

    Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB

    Are you sure that it can handle 64GB RAM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BalticServers Andrius View Post
    Hey,

    http://ark.intel.com/products/65729/...Cache-3_40-GHz

    Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB

    Are you sure that it can handle 64GB RAM?
    he mentioned 64 GB for 1600 series , it supports upto 256 GB of ram
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    He is referring to 2 servers comprising of E3 CPU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arteia View Post
    2 x 32GB Intel E3-1245v2
    ( SETUP: 1 SQL Server + 1 HTTP Server )
    Definitely would take this option. You'll end up with 2x the number of hard drives and 2x the IOPS as a result which generally the real bottleneck, and greater overall CPU power. Your workload should also split up pretty well between your database and web server. Also, you could run a backup database server on the web server, and a backup web server on the database server. In the worst case (given that it's OVH) and one of your servers ends up being down for an extended period, you can bring up the backup server temporarily and be back up while the other server is being repaired.

    This also gives you more flexible scalability in the future and you can specifically upgrade the web or the database server depending on your actual workload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hhw View Post
    Definitely would take this option. You'll end up with 2x the number of hard drives and 2x the IOPS as a result which generally the real bottleneck, and greater overall CPU power. Your workload should also split up pretty well between your database and web server. Also, you could run a backup database server on the web server, and a backup web server on the database server. In the worst case (given that it's OVH) and one of your servers ends up being down for an extended period, you can bring up the backup server temporarily and be back up while the other server is being repaired.

    This also gives you more flexible scalability in the future and you can specifically upgrade the web or the database server depending on your actual workload.

    Some great input guys, thanks.

    So 2 servers is definitely a better option.

    Can the HTTP serve be a "2 x 120 GB SSD"?

    It's not allot of space, but should be sufficient for running just the web server on it, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arteia View Post
    Can the HTTP serve be a "2 x 120 GB SSD"?
    Yes SSD should improve performance for busy websites especially on database server.
    Make sure you have remote backup plan.
    2 servers is a must IMO if you use MSSQL database. MSSQL tends to eat all RAM on the server which could affect web service if you host website and database on same server.
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