OT: server equipment to choose

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Wed Nov 14 05:11:39 UTC 2007

Strong wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Nov 2007 07:21:50 +0900 John Summerfield
> <debian at herakles.homelinux.org> wrote:
>>> Please share Your opinions on this specifications - whether it is
>>> suitable for such a task?  
>> Whether it's suitable depends on what the users are doing as much as
>> how many there are. if you want help sizing, perhaps you should ask
>> on the appropriate RHEL list and/or CentOS.
> Ok, I will ask on CentOS list, but for now:
> 1. Can I use cluster software if choose RHEL or CentOS?
> 2. Well. The users have to download/upload text/graphics info. They
> will be in number 1,000 at once.

Static content? Your bottleneck will be I/O and/or network bandwidth - 
depends on file sizes

Dynamically-generated images? Varies from "It's a doddle" to "You wish."

Nobody, nobody can answer that without good numbers about the volume of 
requests, the kinds of requests, the _peak_ load (and what happens if 
you're over-stressed).

Probably nobody here can answer the question with those numbers, 
certainly on this list. It's a big-bill size question.

You may be best off asking a hosting company. They ought go through the 
sizing and give you advice. Using shared resources of a hosting company 
can also save you hassles at peak seasons (many people find things get 
busy at Christmas) and accommodate rapid expansion.

Based on what little you've said, you might be best off on a shared 
zSeries; their CPUs aren't much but they do I/O at a fairly serious 4 
Gbytes/sec or so.

> Thanks for Your answers.



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