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How much traffic can a single dedicated server handle?

Discussion in 'Site & Server Administration' started by Brad77, Sep 5, 2013.

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    I call around and really cant get an answer. But I was about to get a dedivated server with these specs:

    • OS: Linux CentOS 64-Bit
    • CPU: Intel Core i7 - 4 cores
    • RAM: 16 GB
    • Storage: 2 x 2 TB hard drives
    • Bandwidth: 20 TB per month

    My site is Custom PHP with a MySQL database. No downloads, streaming of media or anything like that but just getting on, creating user accounts, reading reviews, posting reviews, blogging, etc.

    My questions is how many people can hit the site or be on the site and one time with out getting bogged down or noticable lag time. I am curious on traffic amount with this server?

    5,000, 50,000, 250,000 at once? Is it possible to put numbers on stuff like this?
    SEMrush
     
    Brad77, Sep 5, 2013 IP
    SEMrush
  2. RoseHosting

    RoseHosting Active Member

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    There is no way to give an exact answer about the maximum number of visitors your website can sustain because it depends on many factors. How many visitors your website can handle is largely determined by how your website is coded and it will greatly depend on the resources each visitor is using.

    Here are some tips that may help you making your server more efficient so it can handle more concurrent users:
    • Use some caching mechanisms
    • Tweak your web server's configuration
    • Compress the file size of images on your website
    • Optimize your MySQL database
     
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  3. Brad77

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    Wow thanks. I have also been told you can watch it for peak traffic or times then allocate more resources for that specific time frame? Is that comonly done.
     
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    Your configuration is missing a key ingredient. The connection.
     
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    What do you mean your connection? Its not dial up if that is what you mean ;)
     
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    I mean what port is the server hooked up to, and what other servers are on it? you don't tell us if it's a 10Mbps, 100Mbps, or 1Gbps port, and how much load is on that port.
     
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  7. Brad77

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    Your asking what others servers are on the server? I am confused? This is a dedicated server. I have not clue of the load I am asking how much you can load (traffic) on it?
     
    Brad77, Sep 8, 2013 IP
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    Any server is hooked up to a port. It doesn't magically produce connection from within itself. Are you doing this in your basement off your ISP, or is it a dedicated server in a datacenter?
     
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  9. Brad77

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    Datacenter through Godaddy. I assume its a data center.

    Go here to see: http://www.godaddy.com/hosting/dedicated-servers.aspx

    Its the premium one. I was wondering how much traffic that can handle at one time.
     
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  10. Tim Gallant Creative

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    Meh.

    Honestly, if you don't know much about server admin, I wouldn't touch a dedicated server with a ten foot pole. That's without making comment regarding GoDaddy.

    What I will suggest to you is that you'll be a LOT better off with a fully managed VPS (virtual private server) from a reputable company. Fully managed means that you won't have to worry about hardening etc etc, and when stuff goes wrong you won't be left holding the bad. And because it's a VPS, it will be easily scalable if your site turns out to be more popular than expected.

    I would suggest further that you find a good VPS provider that also has stellar dedicated on offer as well. That way, if you scale out of VPS altogether, they can slip you in without any trouble.

    Personally, I use BigScoots, and their service has been over the top good. A couple other providers with really good rep for fully managed (both VPS and dedicated) are Wired Tree and Knownhost.
     
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  11. Brad77

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    I can understand you dont like Godaddy and there are thousands of places to host a site but back to my original question. How much can the specs I listed handle. I have a VPS now
     
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    Apache has a maximum connections limit of 256. This can be increased if you custom recompile and install the package yourself.
     
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    your server's config is the most important point in this case . if you use apache ( with a nice config ) it will handle at least until 100,000 but if you use nginx or litespeed ( with a nice config ) if will handle even untill 300,000 or more . the difference between nginx and apache was amazing when I switched from apache to nginx
     
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    1994,

    Are you speaking numbers based on the configuration that I mentioned? This is a VPS server by the way.

    What would these specs handle in your opinion?

    • OS: Linux CentOS
    • RAM: 2 GB
    • Storage: 60 GB‡‡
    • Bandwidth: 2,000 GB/mo
     
    Brad77, Sep 12, 2013 IP
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    It will depend on your software configuration as well, if you use cpanel , just install cpanel nginx pluin and varnish, then fine tune nginx and apache..
     
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    1994 Member

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    yes . these specs are not enough to say, how much is your vps's cpu? and what control panel are you using ? and also what webserver ?
     
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    Plesk control panel and it is running Apache for the webserver and it is a virtual server
     
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    Hopefully that helps. So this is the specs.

    • OS: Linux CentOS
    • RAM: 2 GB
    • Storage: 60 GB‡‡
    • Bandwidth: 2,000 GB/mo

    Plesk control panel and it is running Apache for the webserver and it is a virtual server

    Any estimates on the amount of traffic?
     
    Brad77, Sep 12, 2013 IP
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    Anyone?
     
    Brad77, Sep 16, 2013 IP
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    As was said above, it's impossible to tell. There are way too many variables.
     
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