webhosting - 1650's versus 6650's etc.

Micah Cooper coopermj at muohio.edu
Tue Jun 18 13:41:00 CDT 2002

My dream (and I put this out there to hear others' comments) would be to
have multiple cheap servers behind multiple cheap load balancers behind
a firewall that allowed only HTTP to port 80 in front of a firewall that
allowed only NFS from those hosts. On the other side of the NFS
firewall, have an NFS server on a nonroutable IP address (making the
firewall able to route between the two). On the hosts b/t the firewalls,
remove all disk, having them mount root RO from the NFS server (and have
them configured only to allow RO).

That's what I would do if I could waste money.

If I had to sell servers, like Dell, I'd put everything above on Windows
so it would take more servers and when people copied me, they'd buy more
servers from me.


Bryce C wrote:

>A bit of random thoughts that I'd like to hear others
>comments/experience on...
>We currently use mainly 1650's for webserving
>(apache/php/mysql/etc.). I'm curious if anyone is
>using some of the "bigger" Dell servers (6650's) for
>the same type of use?
>Any thoughts on scalability, etc.?
>We've always had the philosophy of keeping a modest
>number of clients on each 1650 so that in the worst
>case an outage would only effect those customers.
>However it seems to me that if things are set up
>correctly (RAID, redudant power supplies, etc.) that
>an outage shouldn't be too much of an issue.
>Given enough RAM and CPU (say 4 gigs and 4 Xeon's on a
>6650 versus 1 gig and 2 PIII's on a 1650) what would
>you do if given the choice?
>Of course I think the bottom line is that I'm just
>trying to find an excuse to justify putting in an
>order for a nice 4 proc 6650 :)
>Anyway, I'd be interested to hear everyones thoughts
>and comments on the matter. I'm always a bit nervous
>to try to place too many clients on a single server
>but it seems like the some of the bigger webhosts/ISPs
>etc. must be doing things like this (ie. tons of
>people on more powerfull servers).
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