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    How many sites can I fit on this?

    Hi All,

    I Have a dual pentium (1.5Ghz) dedicated server with 1 gig of RAM running IIS and running 2 sites at the moment.

    I know that this is a "how long is a piece of string question" but how many sites could I host on a server like that. I find that at the moment 200 sites transfer apporx 4 gigabytes on my reseller package, bearing in mind that some domains are just parked.

    Is there a way that reseller hosting providers gauge this server to customer ratio.

    To start of as a reseller looking at an inital customer base of 100 reseller clients in the first year, how many servers would I need?

    Would you advise running seperate mailservers i.e if I had 6 servers is it better to run 5 web and one mail or six web and mail combined?

    How many web servers would you normally run for one mail server and likewise with dns servers.

    I presume the only other server I need is a SQL server to provide a standard reseller hosting facility, am I corect what else could I run? Does livestats need a seperate server or is it advisable.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Not really much to do with the actual number of sites, but more to do with what each account [domain] has been promised as far as what they can use in disk space and data transfer.

    If you're selling really small plans [10MB disk, 500MB data], then you have more available resources and thus can hold more sites. If you're selling large accounts [in other words - promising folks can use "X" amount of disk space and "X" amount of data transfer], then you'll fit less accounts etc.

    You might have a server with 1 site on it that uses all the resources, or 1000 small sites that use the same resources. It's really just about what the server is having to deal with as far as loads and disk space requirements...

    Just think of the server as an apartment building that has tenants and the number of tenants in the building is dependant on the size of the apartment building and the size of each apartment.
    AussieHost.com Aussie Bob, host since 2001
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    No matter how powerful the box I would not put more than 256 sites on an win2k box. Simply because it starts to have problems weird problems. We had one box with 1000 sites, a few with 512 and now all are with 256. The amount of problems we had with the 512 sites and higher boxes was to much. IIS Crashed all the time. Cold Fusion would stop responding, etc.. etc..

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    sounds nasty!
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    Originally posted by edb49
    www.fasthosts.co.uk manages to fit 3000-4000 sites on to a Win2K server. They're not known for their reliability though, but I'm just saying it's possible...
    Damn thats just insane , surely they could afford to split this up

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    We have plan to run no more then 100-150 sites on a server, Depending on type of resources they use, we might even set it down heaps lower.

    Its better losing a few dollars then a bunch of happy cilents imo.

    But im no linux benchmark guru.
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    Originally posted by Tux-e-do


    Damn thats just insane , surely they could afford to split this up
    They might populated with those $10/yr accounts that you see around.
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    If you were trying to rival fasthoss as a reseller (to be honest their reliability is quite good these days) take and average reseller package as 75 Euro per month.

    200 domains average per resleer account, am I correct = 1 server = min 199 euro per month for a dedicated server

    That gives me a net loss of 124 Euro per customer, how do fasthosts, donhost, etc do it.

    I know a lot of people willl say crappy service but is this a viable business model and how?

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