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Only 10% of the pages are data-driven
Fair amount of flash elements on the pages
35,000 uniques visitors per day
30 hits per second at peak traffic time
14kb file size per hit
25 GB traffic per day (750 GB per month)
Its a PHP app running on Linux/Apache.
I can see the value of running 2 load balanced servers for failover, ... but wouldn't your suggestion of running 2 http servers and 1 dB server defeat the purpose of running 2 http servers? I mean, assuming the purpose of 2 load-balanced servers is to provide for redundancy, in the case of a data-driven web application, if the 1 dB server goes down, you still havea single point of failure, and no failover for the dB, thus the entire webapp would be down in that case, wouldn't it?