Need some suggestions from the experts I currently colo a single server (1K transfer allowance) at C4D for a fairly large VB forum. While we have not exactly grown out of it just yet, we do have some periodic slowdowns during peak times, but nothing to serious as loads typically stay below 2.
Here are the current specs:
3M posts (about 2.5K/day), 200K threads, 1-1.5K online peak, 30 min cookie, 120K members, 50GB attachments, another 15GB gallery in filesystem
Visits: 10-12K/Day, Pages: 2M/Day, Hits: 3M/Day,
MySql Stats (last 7 days):
Received: 13GB, Sent: 1157GB, Max Concurrent Connections: 300, Failed: 0, Aborted: 275 Queries: Avg 90/sec (not sure on peak)
SM w/Dual Opteron 270's, 8G ram, Adaptec 4800SAS with 4 36G 15K SAS drives raid 10 and 2 147G 15k raid 1 for OS/swap. on RHEL 4.1 64.
The server is going on 2 years old, and I'm thinking about the typical 3 year life span, as well as planning future needs. I plan to open up a number of additional forums in the very near future. I could see 5 to 6K + users online across multiple forums by years end if things go according to plan.
I prefer simplicity in the final solutions and would like a little more redundancy. I'll be using Chong at Apaq for the hardware purchases with a budget of about 10K more or less. Having said that, what are your opinions and suggestions on the way forward as far as server(s) spec and design?