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Sep 13, 2008

if anyone would be able to offer suggestions for setting up a scalable server setup. Here's the situation.

I currently have one web server in a LAMP environment. This server houses both the application and the database.

I would like to setup something that provides more redundancy, and offers the ability to scale as needbe.

It seems there are quite a few options, here's what I am currently aware of.

1) Multiple servers, each house a copy of the database and the applications/files

2) Separate application server and database servers. For sake of redundancy, there would be two load balanced application servers and two clustered database servers.

Currently, with my setup of 1 server, the load is not bad, so it's really for redundancy than anything else, the bonus however would be a setup that is relatively easy to scale as the load became more testing.

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Could you get me some input on a setup that should be able to handle 2-500 concurrant VPN users online?

Can be commercial or opensource - ideally not an appliance.

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Dec 18, 2008

How do you ensure scalability of your web site?

Many of us create websites hoping that they get a lot of hits.

How can you ensure that if your web site gets a lot of hits, that it doesn't get knocked over, that it can scale and take many hits? I am not talking about a DoS attack. I am talking about a website that gets very popular and gets a lot of hits.

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May 21, 2009

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Cost is definitely a concern. I expect a dedicated server will be required - although should it flop, we'd rather not be going through the hassle of changing/paying more than we should.

Essentially my questions are:

Can anyone recommend a responsive, customer-centric, reliable host that would allow and arrange an instant upgrade to a dedicated server from a VPS, say..?

Assume an 'average' spec dedicated server with a good host - approximately how much traffic could this handle?

Our website is quite low on resources - very few images, well optimized, essentially running PHP5 & MySQL DB's.

I realise that's kinda like asking the length of a piece of string, but I'm trying my best. Any light you can shed would be much appreciated.

So in summary, looking for a reliable, responsive and competitively priced host which would react well to a sudden surge in traffic and be helpful in assisting with possible upgrade solutions..

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Apr 15, 2009

Some Background

I've been running a website now for about 8 years. It's gone through one name change. We've been with a company called flexihostings for a long time on a dedicated server but I think the sites design wasn't scalable and because of that the site has been running from one server and struggling as the traffic increased. Recently the traffic got to a point where the costs of serving the site from one location lead to it's demise. The site was slow, unresponsive and the answer from flexihostings was more about putting in more RAM, rather then us thinking about new technology. Some of the guys decided to pull the plug because of this before fixing the site but I'm going to start something back up from scratch but build it with scalability in mind to actually reduce the costs and pay for what I use.

Site Needs
- Probably 2-3 Terrabytes of Bandwidth (to be scalable)
- Site Ability to handle Flash Video Encoder etc for upload of user videos. (Scalability later as traffic grows)
- Site ability to handle lots of database activity. Approx 30-40 queries a second as the site is very dynamic. (Or is there a better way to do this)
- Ability to handle API's later on other sites from the information on the new site.

Ideas on Rebuilding a Site like this.
- Amazons S3 Cloudfront Service to handle media such as images and video to reduce bandwidth. Instead of my server hosting these files should I use this service to put all my images and video up onto so that the bandwidth is paid for externally. This would mean I don't need a crazy amount of bandwidth on the server package I select, is this correct? I'm also reducing the bandwidth as they serve these images like a CDN.
- A spin off is to use a content delivery network. Again what's peoples thoughts on this if traffic starts low and increases over time. Is this something that is affordable up front and scalable as the traffic increases.

Love to hear people's ideas on this. The traffic I'm thinking of is starting around the 50,000-100,000 uniques a month with 500,000 page views. This is what the old site was getting and I won't have any issues getting it back there quickly, to be honest that isn't that great but we were climbing very fast when it crashed averaging 100 new members a day. This then has heaps of possibilities, 2 to 3 million uniques and the equivalent meaning if the page view ratio was the same 30,000,000 page views. (Hmm does that seem unrealistic) Either way I want to be on something that is scalable and need a host that understands this.

Whats your advice, go dedicated to put everything on anyway, or have multiple servers to handle different things. Or is shared hosting fine for this is I share the content around the web?

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Jun 24, 2009

We have a small web+email hosting and data center business in Africa. We've been providing hosting services to our clients using Plesk on Dell-based servers (connected over a Fiberchannel interface to a SAN). Our data center is connected via an STM-4 and multiple STM-1s to 2 different upstream providers.

The problem we're having is (as a result of our own lack of knowledge) that our solution is just not scalable in the current configuration. We essentially buy a Dell server, install Plesk and keep provisioning customer domains (web and mail hosting) on it till capacity runs out (we max out on average at 400 domains per server) and then buy the next Dell machine and repeat.

What we're looking for is advice on building a more scalable and automated solution. Essentially we're looking for a software and hardware solution (blade solution with web and mail software that is able to harness the power / redundancy of multiple blade servers) that enables us to provision thousands of customers at one go (and simply add more blades servers as needed).

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it'll be raid 5 and I'll need at least 2-3TB initially but the ability to expand would be nice.

option 1:
nice chassis with plenty of hotswap bays with sas expanders
expensive sas raid card

option 2:
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not sure what I'd use as a card? maybe even onboard?

regarding reliability: I once saw a database of failure rates of different models. raptor was the most reliable of the "desktop" drives. anyone have the link? I'm wondering of the seagate ES drives are worth the extra money vs the non-ES drives. they're supposedely more reliable and the "server versions" of sata drives.

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I have websites ranging from large forums to streaming & download websites.

Should I got for a setup for example:

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OR Should I setup multiple:
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Below are my current setups

Current UK Setup (Colocation)

Web Server
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Quad Core, 8GB Ram, 250gb HDD Raid 1 (just ordered)

SQL Server
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Storage Server
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Current US Setup (Dedicated Servers)

Web Server
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SQL Server
Quad Core x2, 8GB Ram, 1TB HDD

Media Server
Quad Core x2, 8GB Ram, 3TB HDD
Dual Core, 4GB Ram, 3TB HDD

Backup Server
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