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    SitePoint Enthusiast joe1275's Avatar
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    Hello ,
    I would like to know which hardware (servers) are recommended for a big portal that is expecting to have 5 million page views per month. I was suggested IBM netfinity but I am not sure this one will be able to support well this portal. Another option is IBM RS/600. I also have to balance performance and price. Can you give me some suggestion?

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    Dual Pentium, lots of disk space, RAID tape backups, running freeBSD or Debian Linux and the apache web server.

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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Karl's Avatar
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    Something that can be expand easily, there is no point starting out with the biggest server ever only to find out that the site does not do as well as you hoped. You might as well set up a server that has plenty of room for future expansion (Read: memory and disk space).

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    Matt Mickiewicz
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    I agree with Karl, start-up with a dedicated PIII box at DigitalNATION or Rackspace and move up as needed.

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    SitePoint Guru prequel's Avatar
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    Hi Matt, what type of server are you using with Webmaster-Resources.com ?

    I am thinking of a Cobalt Raq2/Raq3i server with DigitalNation since I am lacking in the admin skills - do you have any experience or comment on theses ?

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    Matt Mickiewicz
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    We're on a Linux PII 450 MhZ server with 256MB of RAM and Red Hat 5.2 . The Cobalt RAQ's are easier to administer, but you still need a bit of Linux knowledge. I believe DigitalNATION charges $125 per hour for SysAdmin duties.

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    SitePoint Guru prequel's Avatar
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    Thanks Matt, since I am saving up for it anyway.... I am taking the time to learn all about Linux.

    Webmaster-resources.com is one of my most frequented sites now. I just finished reading the DW3 review you had up since I am a DW2 user.


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