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In your opinion, how many online users can i have with this server?

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by cedivad, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    Actually, this is the most powerfull server i have: http://www.ovh.co.uk/products/eg_ssd.xml

    Specs:
    Xeon Quad Core @ 2.66Ghz​
    12Gb of RAM​
    SSD hard disk (Intel X25-M)​
    Nginx webserver​

    I have a brand new forum (so the database is almost empty), and to start it i will pay to get adversided on a very popular newsletter. I expect around 100'000 users in 2 /4hours. Let's suppose that every user will visit 2 pages (forum index + random page).
    Now: in 3 hours there are 3600*3=10'000 seconds. 200'000 page views in 10'000 seconds are 20 pages every second. I'm not used to work with such a load, i usually have no more than 5 hits per second (on custom scripts, really optimized), and most are from bots that don't download images.
    So i don't really know where to start from. I will use an external CDN to serve everthing what is different than the .php script pages.

    Will the server blow up?
    Should i use stuff like EC2?
    Should i use an array of servers (like 3 server for the web stuff and the server above for the database)?
    Is there any great tool (linux, command line based) to test servers under such a load?

    If anyone can suggest something, i will be happy =)
    This can also become a great case-study to test the xf app and how it works on heavy loads =)

    Thank you everyone.
     
  2. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    Up? To hard to answer? :p
     
  3. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

  4. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

    Does that mean 100,000 users in 2 to 4 hours in English? Don't you think your expectations might be a little, I don't know, unrealistic?

    It sounds like you intend to rent a cruise ship to take your family out fishing.
     
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  5. Marcus

    Marcus Well-Known Member

    You advertise for your 100.000 users with a - let's say 5 $ cpm - and get within the two to four hours (100.000 users x 2 / 1.000=) 200 x 5 cpm=1.000 $. If after your advertising there are only 200.000 page views daily, you'd make 30.000 $ / month. Not realistic, though there are thousands of websites which make much more.

    The server is a good one, take it.
     
  6. Wired

    Wired Active Member

    Agreed. No way anyone would ever get 100,000 people visiting in a 4 hour span. Viral videos and the like can hit those numbers, but not an ad on a newsletter.
     
  7. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    It sounds quite realistic to me :D

    Forums cpms are know to be low, however the goal of this is not to build a revenue stream, it's to build a great forum. This website will be tagged as "passive" on my balance for a long time.

    I already have it :p

    You don't know the target, you don't know the newsletter, you don't know the banner, you don't know what i'm offering and to whom i'm offering.
    Belive me, usually i don't do mistakes on this web related stuff ;)
    However, this time i would be happy to be wrong - 100k hits is way to much for that "little" box.
     
  8. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Please let us know how it works out. :)
     
  9. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    I will be really really happy to keep this great board updated, it's always a pleasure to float around here ;)
     
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  10. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    All this costs you like under 100 EUR a month?
     
  11. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    The server? Actually i'm paying it 80€ + 20% of taxes, so yes, around 100€/month.
     
  12. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    Andy 100 Euros are about 150 box so same thing here too hooked to a better backbone
     
  13. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    If these specs are for a dedi, I don't see anyone offering at this rate. 12GB RAM?
     
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  14. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    oh ! no :D
     
  15. Blandt

    Blandt Well-Known Member

    you could have a a coloco for about 70-100 you supply the hardware and software.... Or I can hook you up with rackspace for $900 (you provide the hardware too :D)
     
  16. Paul M

    Paul M Well-Known Member

    Do you expect them all at the same time, or spread out ?

    If spread out, that server should not have much of an issue, its barely 10 a second.

    If they all hit you at once, its gonna die pretty damn fast.
     
  17. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    Well sure, maybe the firewall will enable due to flood attack :D
    However i'm asking the advertising agent in how many hours i should expect to receive the traffic.
     
  18. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

    I don't care if you're offering free meat to starving dogs, 100,000 members in 4 hours is not going to happen.

    You know, in my opinion. But I often make mistakes on this web-related stuff.
     
  19. cedivad

    cedivad Active Member

    Not 100k members, 100k hits!
     
  20. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Is there any reason why you would be expecting this much traffic?
     

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