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Right now we get about 500 unique hits a day and run a very intensive mysql site.
We are on a SC420 with a Celeron 2.4 gHz now and don't see much trouble but it does get sluggish at times.
The PowerEdge is configured as follows:
Penium 4 (64 bit) 3.2 Ghz
1 G DDR RAM
2 40 GB SATA Drives for mirroring
6 Channel Hardware Raid Card
Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
This is a lot more powerful then what we are on and I hope to achive at least 1000 unique visits a day thus a double of the load on there now.
How many would this type of box handle? I could go with a Xeon, but I like this one as configured for the price.
Also, you are limited to 2Gig of RAM with web edition. If your site keeps growing and so does the number of database queries, you'll run into your RAM limitation.
Also, from the mySQL site regarding windows 2003 edition compatibility:
Windows XP (AMD64) LS
Windows XP (EM64T) LS
Windows 2000 (x86) CS
Windows XP (x86) FS
Windows 2003 (IA64) LS
Windows 2003 (AMD64) LS
Windows 2003 (x86) FS
FS = Full support
CS = Conditionally Supported
LS = Limited Support
Q. What is Limited Support (LS)?
A: These are specific operating system and hardware combinations for which mySQL provides only limited support. For this tier, mySQL does not have the target OS/hardware; and mySQL does not build binaries for these combinations; and mySQL does not test on these platforms. The mySQL Support Team will use commercially reasonable efforts to attempt to provide technical support for these platforms, but with the customer's acknowledgement that there may be scenarios that cannot be resolved due to the above limitations.
Note the fact that the 64 bit version of Server 2003 has limited support and mySQL might not function correctly in that environment. Also, the only certified binary they have for Windows is for the x86.
Guess its decision time or back to the drawing board.
Hope this helps.
[edited by: SEOMike at 4:50 pm (utc) on July 19, 2005]
You should consider two changes to that machine, just because you're putting your business on a lightweight machine. First, as noted, put in way more memory. 1 gig is probably fine, but still, it's a fast and cheap way to solve a lot of problems. Second, spend the money on scsi drives. Still faster and more reliable that sata drives - that's why once you leave the lower end Dell servers you'll only find scsi is the only option.
I'll probably start with just 1 GIG of RAM and add more as needed. I can track the page ins/outs to see when it's necessary.
Compared to what I'm on now, it's light years ahead.
Pentium 4 3.2 (2MB L2) vs Celeron 2.4 (128K L2)
1G DDR RAM vs 512MB RAM
RAID 5 SATA vs Single 40G
Dual Ethernet vs Single Ethernet