Switching to our first dedicated box...processor question
We currently run on a shared server and will soon be moving to dedicated. I guess I have trouble finding a middle ground between a low end P4 server (which would probably still do the job considering we are running totally fine at this point on a shared server) and a Xeon or dual Xeon set up which is way more $$ than we want to pay and overkill for the number (130 or so) and type of sites we host.
My question is this: Core 2 Duo 1.86ghz as a web server? We would go RAID 1 and 1 or 2 GB of RAM. It seems a bit tough to find a sweet spot for a web server but I guess, to me, this seems like it might be it. Thoughts?
(The reason we are making the switch is that we are about to get a bigger (for us) client that averages 4,000 or so hits a month on their site, and it feels like time to step up.)
Yeah, bandwidth is at 1500GB - and the HD's would be 80GB SATA's (RAID 1).
So in my thinking as well, a dual core should be better than a P4.
What would you say if I asked if it was better than a shared dual xeon, speed wise (and of course the utilization of that shared box is probably the x factor but just for kicks say it was low to minimal use as far as other users).
So many variables it's hard to say if you'd see an improvement, we've had clients move to similar P4 boxes (Although with Raptor drives) from our shared hosting and they've actually seen their sites run a little slower. To be honest, I'd not be pairing that kind of processor with bog standard 80GB SATA drives, i'd be using 73GB or 150GB Raptors at least (80GB SATA drives are old hat, not going to have the performance of even the newer 7200rpm drives).
in terms of hard disk size, I believe 120GB or 160GB will be sufficient enough. You may consider also getting a box which support dual processor and start up with only a single processor that upgradeable to dual processor when times arrive. Memory 1GB for startup and upgradeable is good enough as well.