Too many variables. Are they small static or dynamic websites? Really the best way to know is just do it and watch the resources.
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Those are the variables.
The use patterns of the customers and the server specs.
There's a lot of difference in a Celeron with 1GB RAM and a 80GB hard drive and a dual-quad with 12GB RAM and multiple TB drives.
It would also depend on the port size & network. For small, static sites on a reasonable mid-range server a couple hundred plus maybe plus many.
Depends on how many people are hitting those static sites too (10 a day or 10,000 a day per site?) and how big they are.
We also don't know what you consider "static" -- does that mean no databases? Strictly HTML?
People's definitions of "static" are different and then it would all depend on the server. With no e-mail and no databases a mid-range server could hold hundreds...you just left us with too many variables to give a good answer.
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One thing that hasn't been mentioned is server purposing. If email, database, dns services are on their own dedicated servers and only web sites are on the web server, its very possible to load thousands of sites on a single server.
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Thousands of websites could be hosted on a server. Depending on the specs of the server, the complexity of the code being run, and the amount of traffic each website receives. If the server has Dual Quad core, or an 8 way Six Core (total of 48 cores) these servers will serve a lot more than say a Pentium 4.
All if this is to be thought about when deciding what services to purchase.