I currently have a dedicated server that I run a few sites on. One has a vBulletin forum which can sometimes have up to 2,000 members visiting at one time (though only once a week during a football game). When this happens, our current server can't handle it and it slows to a crawl. So I'm thinking it's time to go to a duo processor but don't know what I really need.
Here is what I have now:
AMD XP 2400
CPU Speed: 2.4 GHz
Operating System: CentOS 5.x
Hard Drive: 80 GB
RAM: 1 GB
Bandwidth: 1500 GB
Control Panel: cPanel/WHM
IP Addresses: 5 Usable IPs
Here's what I'm looking for in a host:
1. Great support.
2. Can manage my server.
3. Can deal with a technically-challenged client (me).
4. Can get me on a server which can handle a vBulletin forum with heavy traffic (at times) along with a handful of other smaller sites.
5. CPanel/WHM is a must.
6. Need it backed up on a remote server.
I'm sure I am overlooking some other needs so please let me know if I need to provide more details. I currently pay right at $100 a month.
I would suggest looking at Dual Core Intel Xeon or a Dual Core AMD Opteron. What control panel if any are you running on your current server along with vBulletin for the forum software? The Dedicated Server offer forum here would be a great place to start checking for a new server also.
You could try Gigenet.com. It's not fully managed, but 24/7 support is included. ie your expected to add domains, configure emails, etc yourself but they're ok to set it all up and install things eg Cpanel. Then if you do need any assistance, they provide 2 hours of admin support a month which is quite a lot I suppose as its only if you have issues.
Speak to the sales department (open during office hours) and ask for a good discount. You should be able to get at least a Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 for that budget, perhaps even the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600.
Last edited by psmith98752; 10-30-2009 at 06:27 PM.
Your server is a pretty old one. For your budget, you can definitely try a high end VPS, instead of dedicated. VPSs have a lot better harddisks, processors, and you can find many that are fully managed.
A managed VPS for $100 will get you a better performance than the one you currently have. And most of the times, it can also tolerate load spikes, unless you hit a RAM limit.
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Well I there is a large jump from your (very) old XP 2400 to a Core 2 Duo E4300. A huge jump to the Q6600.
While the disks may be better in a decent VPS, I would not recommend it. Having experience myself, its very CPU limited. You share the CPU with other people on the server. Your load of 21.0 is purely CPU load. So image the benefit having a quad core which gives you say 4-8 times the power of a VPS.
Plus disk IO is a problem for a VPS.
Speak to Gigenet - ask for a good deal on the Q6600 with the 74GB Raptor 10,000 rpm HDD. I've got that and Windows for $124 a month so maybe without Windows you can knock the price down a bit.
Should be powerful enough. I chose to go with Gigenet knowing they arn't a fully managed provider due to them getting excellent reviews everywhere plus very fast support responses and good SLAs.
I would have to 2nd everyones opinion on Gigenet. I once was server admin for a friend who had a server at gigeservers (there irc network) And I have to say network/hardware preformace was mind blowing fast. Also support was fantastic. I normally delt with ameen for any support needs which was rarely, and a few times delt with someone else from support. They went above and beyond what was expected and really took care of buisness. If I could afford it, I would be with them myself. So yeah I highly recommend them.