Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Posts
    15

    When is dedicated needed?

    Hello all,

    I know there is no magic formula, but I am looking for opinions form people on when they believe a site warrants its own server, rather than just good quality shared hosting.

    Can you give any figures? e.g. visitors, data transfer, etc etc

    Thank you for advice!

    Regards
    Andrew

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Brazil
    Posts
    83
    In my case, my virtual host company (in that time) "accidently" have deleted my forum , I just lost some months of good topics

    And since I was paying something like $49/month why not pay the double and have a dedicated server

  3. #3
    I am also looking to get answers to the same question - when is a dedicated server needed? Actually to be more precise, how much power do you think I need?

    I am talking with several growing clients who have lots of employees.

    I want to be able to scale up to about 3000 e-mail accounts (using CPanel or Ensim).

    All of the e-mail accounts would use a PHP-based webmail interface as the MAIN interface. (Probably SquirrelMail, IMP, or NeoMail). I'd like the clients to use SSL to login (and, unfortunately I guess that also means every webmail page will also go through SSL).

    There won't be much else on the server. No major scripts, BBSes, and not much http except for webmail access. The only possible scripts would be something to run backups and maybe some stats.

    What do you think is a good amount of power for something like this? How about bandwidth? Do you think it's too ambitious to host 3000 e-mail accounts on a single server?

    This is Rackshack's $129 server:
    Intel Pentium4 2.0GHz
    512 MB RAM
    80GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive
    400 GB Monthly Transfer!
    Ensim WEBppliance 3.1

    Is it enough?

    Thanks for your input in advance!

  4. #4
    bfries,

    that box could pull it off easily. email is not that resource-intensive.
    * Rusko Enterprises LLC - Upgrade to 100% uptime today!
    * Premium NYC collocation and custom dedicated servers
    call 1-877-MY-RUSKO or paul [at] rusko.us

    dedicated servers, collocation, load balanced and high availability clusters

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Posts
    15
    Thanks for the posts guys!

    But is anyone able to anwer the original question of when a dedicated server is needed? what stats? what usage?

    THANKS!!!
    Andrew

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    3,100
    When you out grow your current host.

  7. #7
    When your virtual host tells you that you need to upgrade.

    Honestly, most good hosts will inform you that your site is using too many resources, and recommend you upgrade to their dedicated solution if they have one. Some real bastard hosts will just disable/delete parts of your site that are using too many resources, etc.

    It also depends on your current shared server. How many other sites are on it? How powerful is it, etc? Because one shared server may easily handle your site while a more crowded server may not.

    I had to move to dedicated with a few of my sites about a month ago. One was a phpBB with over 3,000 members and 100,000 posts. It was just too much for the shared server, so I was asked to upgrade. Well, I didn't want to upgrade, and just got my own server. Now that site is easily within the server resources, and I even host a few other sites on it with no problem at all.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Posts
    15
    Thanks JeremyV

    I am also curious about something you mentioned regarding restricting a site from using above a certain % of system resources.

    Can you suggest some linux software which I would be able to achieve this with on a server of mine?

    Thanks alot!
    Regards
    Andrew

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •