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I plan to buy hardware for my organisation that is supposed to host 5 websites each getting not more than 5000 hits a day. What kind of hardware would I require for this purpose in terms of processing power, memory etc. Could you suggest some options? I basically need a web and database server on the same machine. Please forgive me if the question phrased is not technically correct.


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My mobile phone? Really - this is LOW. Go lost ocst, low power unless the sites are heavy in calcualtions and / or you expect a lot more visitory. – TomTom Jan 28 '11 at 14:39
hahaha - funny tomtom, very funny, and yet strangely possible :) – Chopper3 Jan 28 '11 at 14:47

I wouldn't, for such low-usage sites why buy, house and support hardware - just rent a virtual or dedicated server somewhere else, let the worries be someone else's. Obviously you could, if buzzwords are your thing, go for the almost identical option of using a 'cloud' provider and score some points with easily-impressed seniors.

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+1 If it's only a handful of sites with fairly low hist, VPS all the way. – Chris S Jan 28 '11 at 14:42
VPS all the way, and if you need more power, get more VPS. – dunxd Jan 28 '11 at 15:51

As others have said, this does not appear to be a heavy workload. Although if you're running 5000 queries per day on a 15Tb datawarehouse....that's a different story. You really haven't given much information about what you're trying to achieve here.

Nor have you said if this needs to be accessible via the internet - if no external access is required, and this is a basic OLTP app, then paying for hosting may just be overkill - if you already have the infrastructure then adding 5 new vhosts and a DBMS to an existing server or even a virtual image might be cheaper.

Certainly if you go down the route of a hosted solution, although basic packages may appear to offer what you need, IME ( cheaper hosting can mean very high latency. If you've already got an ISP, go talk to them first about their hosting.

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Quite honestly 5000 isn't much, look at getting a VPS as a dedicated server will be way over powered. You will most likely run out of bandwidth before server resources, unless you have very unoptimized sites.

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I would say a VPS server, put this in the cloud.

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I really feel the need to state that VPS!=Cloud. A VPS would be good for this but not a true cloud depending on what these sites are. – Jacob Jan 28 '11 at 16:09

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