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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    California, USA

    Communities: Server spec.?

    Hey all,

    I'm wondering... My poor old server is totally overwhelemed by the communities it hosts:
    I wouldn't dare advertising or even adding any external link to y-f/ because then I instantaneously get close to 200 users online, is another problem: it's a free board host. It sometimes has as many as 2,000 users connected simultaneously. Let's generally consider 1,000 users...

    All this runs on a P4 Celeron 1.7 GHz with 1 GB memory and an IDE HD!
    Yup, that's me. I'm cheap.

    What would you recommend I move these two guys to?

    - Dual Xeon or P4 3 GHz with hyperthreading?
    - How much memory? Would 2 GB be sufficient?
    - Can I reasonably use IDE drives?

    -Chris. - the Social Internet Toolbox.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Miami, FL
    I would consider 10K and 15K rpm drives. with 10K rpm drives, you can get away with SATA, however anything higher, you will need SCSI. As for RAID, I would also recommend RAID5 or RAID 1+0.
    Biznesshosting, Inc. DBA VOLICO - Intelligent Hosting Solutions
    East Coast Enterprise Dedicated Servers and Miami Colocation.
    managed and unmanaged dedicated servers. High bandwidth colocation. Managed clusters.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    California USA

    if budget allows, i would go with a dual opteron from gnax and maybe another gig of ram added in, its pricy but would allow for expansion. Another option is a dual server setup, and maybe drop images off apache and use something like thttpd to serve images.

    Dual Opteron 240
    1 GB RAM (ECC Registered)
    RAID 1 or RAID 5 SATA drives
    2000 GB Transfer/month
    Windows 2003 Web or cPanel Included FREE!
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    Steven Ciaburri | Proactive Linux Server Management -
    Managed Servers (AS62710), Server Management, and Security Auditing.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    I run a 90M page views/mo community site like this:

    2 cheap xeons with mini IDEs (doesnt need HDs)
    Xeon with 2x10k SCSI and 4 GB RAM (the more RAM the better) as DB
    Slave DB Server (SCSI again, 2GB)

    ===> put web and DB on different servers, use SCSI and as much RAM as possible for the DB, if you have many pics to serve add an other picserver

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    North Kansas City, MO
    I'd do a Dual Xeon... couple Gigs of RAM and SCSI Drives. You want to make sure you get good performance that can handle you now and last you for awhile.

    Aaron Wendel
    Wholesale Internet, Inc. -
    Kansas City Internet eXchange -

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