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Dedicated Server for hosting Database Driven sites

Setting up a web server to run several dat driven websites.



12:41 pm on Apr 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I run a small web development business and currently have about 20 sites hosted with a shared hosting package.
Recently there has been a lot of problems with the server being offline and sites not able to access their databases, so I am in the process of setting up a dedicated server for myself and hosting it in a datacenter.
The sites I'm currently hosting use Drupal CMS, OsCommerce and Joomla and get moderate monthly traffic - about 1,000 visits/month average, although one gets 100,000 and I expect to have more of these sites in the near future.
Altogether the bandwidth being used by these sites is 5GB/month.
My question is regarding the hardware required to run these sites and to potentiailly resell space on the server for other people's sites.
I am trying to keep costs to a minimum

I'm thinking of putting 2 320GB SATA HD in a RAID1 config in there also.
I plan on running Debian with Apache2/PHP5/MySQL
For myself I hope to be running this server with 50+ sites by the end of next year.
To help with the costs I'd like to also setup some kind of hosting for other developers to use.
Would this server be sufficient to perform these tasks?
Price is a major issue for me, however I don't want to invest in something that's not going to meet my needs.
ANy feedback or avice is greatly appreciated.

All the best,

[edited by: engine at 8:12 am (utc) on April 28, 2008]
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