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I heard that typically it's around 800 - 1000. Is it true?

What about VPS? How many users usually share a VPS?

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I've heard 42 is the sweet spot. –  EEAA May 18 '12 at 1:39
    
@ErikA I've always had good fortune with DEADBEEF –  Wesley May 18 '12 at 3:31
    
@WesleyDavid Yes, that is another solid choice. –  EEAA May 18 '12 at 3:47
    
i thought this is a legitimate question... –  Alex May 18 '12 at 9:36
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On shared hosting there is no typical, consider a server a pie.

On a shared host, they cut the pie into as many pieces as possible as limited by hardware and acceptable latency (to the average user). The pie is the same pie for everyone. (Everyone shares memory, disk, etc to an extent)

On a VPS, you're given the whole pie to yourself, you have control over it. The size of your pie is determined by how it's provisioned. (You're guaranteed X MB of RAM, X GB of storage, that is not shared with anyone else).

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Close, but a VPS you dont have the whole pie. If other VMs are sucking up a ton of CPU, your machine will not get its full CPU. Also the hypervisor is allowed to swap out your machine's ram, so if the hypervisor doesnt have much memory, and other VMs are using it, some of your machine may get swapped out. Disk IO is also shared. –  Patrick May 18 '12 at 1:38
    
Depends on the VPS provider - I figured my answer would be sufficient given the initial question's nature –  thinice May 18 '12 at 2:36
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