[thelist] Help speccing new web server hardware

Chris Dempsey chris at gettheedgeonline.com
Wed Sep 23 05:47:16 CDT 2009

Hi All,

We're looking at getting a new dedicated box and I'm trying to get an
indication of whether the hardware suggested by the hosting company is
suitable and allows room for projected growth.  I would be taking a wild
guess myself so I'm hoping someone can take impart an educated opinion.

- Intel Core2Duo 2.8 GHz, 4GB RAM, 2x 320GB HDD, RAID 1, - Unix
(FreeBSD), PHP, & MySQL, Mail

- About 160 websites right now
- Almost all call the same database on each page load, no caching
- 400, 000 page views per month right now with 50gb of data transfer and
5gb of file space used
- Average of 3x POP3 accounts per domain each receiving 30x messages per

Potential Growth:
- Up to 10x websites added per month
- Potential to add another 100x websites immediately by taking over a
large hosting account from another developer

Is that enough information to suggest if the hardware noted above will
cope with the potential growth over say a two or three year period?



-----Original Message-----
From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org
[mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Paul Bennett
Sent: 23 September 2009 04:46
To: thelist at lists.evolt.org
Subject: Re: [thelist] pricing for web sites?

> But, you absolutely *have* to stop yourself 'being helpful' and doing

> stuff that's not in that defined scope; behaving as a consultant on a

> delivery project is a direct route to losing money.

Absolutely. Fortunately I have great clients who have, without
exception, been very reasonable.

> Mind you, that also depends on having mature clients; 

Amen. The best business decision I made this year was to walk away from
a project at the investigative stage. Over one month the 'project owner'
changed 3 times and the project went from 'we want a basic website' to
'we need blogs, forums, user personalisation, social networking and
ecommerce - oh, and we're on a really tight budget'
9 months later, the site still hasn't launched and I pity the poor sods
who took that project on.


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