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My forum has 290K users and 30M posts and I need some suggestions

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by fingon, May 18, 2015.

  1. fingon

    fingon Member

    Like how powerful server I need and how to optimize it.
    Is Linode 8G plan enough?

    And please give me other suggestions ,thanks ;);)

    Here is the Peak Period Statistics(Not very often but sometimes will be very high like this):
    136K IP/ Day [Average weekly] and 2.6M PV /Day [Average weekly]
    Last edited: May 19, 2015
  2. rafass

    rafass Well-Known Member

  3. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

  4. nodle

    nodle Well-Known Member

  5. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    It's really going to depend on a lot of factors. How many active members? Are you wanting a panel? 8gb plan should run it if properly set up, but will struggle if you have thousands of active members logged in and posting.
  6. Ghan_04

    Ghan_04 Active Member

    I'm running a 2M post board with 600-700 users online at any given time on a VM with 2 CPU cores and 4 GB of RAM. The CPU is probably not as good as Linode's (newer generation, but lower clock speed). So I think your main issue will be number of concurrent users online at a time. That's what will determine how hard your server gets hit. Linode has SSDs, which is going to be really nice with 30M posts since the database will be massive. You more than likely won't be able to cache even the majority of the database in RAM. I would definitely give it a try - it would be a fun server tuning project to see how much you can get out of a Linode. :)
    Ralle likes this.
  7. fingon

    fingon Member

    I want try to use VESTACP.
    30K IP /day
    500K PV /day
    it's about last week;)

    the max is almost 100K IP /day and 1M+ PV /day
    Last edited: May 19, 2015
  8. fingon

    fingon Member

  9. fingon

    fingon Member

    :(I have more than you dude.
    If Linode 8G is laggy, I will change to 16Go_O
  10. fingon

    fingon Member

  11. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    What's the size of the database? I would argue that with SQL caching, there is no way 8GB is going to hold 30M posts. Maybe 16GB and more towards 32GB with all other caching systems/anything else that consumes RAM.
    What specs do you currently have and what is the forum system? server configuration? (SQL? PHP?)
  12. fingon

    fingon Member

    Database is almost 25GB(.MDF)
    I have bought a server with E3-1240v2/500G SSD/16G RAM/1G port today.
    the old one is ASP+MSSQL,running on 2 servers now(L5520*2/8G RAM/1TB SATA), 1 for website and 1 for MSSQL.
  13. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    With caching, 16GB is not going to be enough.
  14. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    We have double your posts and do 2.2 million pageviews a month. This is our server at http://www.reliablesite.net:

    Dedicated Servers - 16 Core Server - Dual Intel Xeon E5 2630 V3 (PNJ) Pending
    Port Speed:
    1 Gbps Dedicated Port
    10,000 GB Premium Transfer
    128 GB DDR4 ECC RAM $140.00 USD
    Primary Hard Drive:
    512 GB Primary SSD Drive $25.00 USD
    Second Hard Drive:
    512 GB Second SSD Drive $30.00 USD
    Third Hard Drive:
    512 GB Third SSD Drive $30.00 USD
    Fourth Hard Drive:
    512 GB Fourth SSD Drive $30.00 USD
    RAID Array:
    RAID 10 (Requires 4 Hard Drives)
    Hardware RAID Card:
    Hardware RAID Card w/BBU $50.00 USD
    Operating System:
    Control Panel:
    No Control Panel
    Microsoft SQL Server:
    No SQL Server Database
    Additional IPs:
    5 Usable IPs (/29)
    KVM Access:
    Dedicated KVM Access with Virtual Media
    DDoS Protection:
    10 Gbps DDoS Protection
    Server Management:
    FTP Backup Space:
    No Backup Space
  15. Xon

    Xon Well-Known Member

    SSDs vastly offset the amount of ram you require for Elastic Search or MySQL.
  16. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    Why would you like to store things on your HDD while RAM is much faster even from SSD?
  17. Xon

    Xon Well-Known Member

    Because there is a hell of a price difference between a VM with 32gb of ram and 40gb of HDD space and one with 2gb of ram and 40gb of SSD space and very little performance difference for a properly configured MySQL database.
  18. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    ElasticSearch has come a long way since XenForo first adopted it. We are looking at significantly reduced ram usage per post than what was initially recommended when ES was first supported by XenForo.

    Screenshot 2015-05-21 01.05.06.png

    ES also provides much better search results than MySQL does.
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  19. Moshe1010

    Moshe1010 Well-Known Member

    In today's world, you can purchase droplets with 96GB or RAM for very little money, so I can't find a reason doing it, not to mention that SSD drives are decreasing their write/read speeds when you abuse them (and whatever you're offering is kind of an abuse for an SSD).

    I still prefer Sphinx. Much lighter. ES is working on Java and Java is crap overall.
  20. Xon

    Xon Well-Known Member

    Please tell me who sells VMs with 96GB of ram for less than $20 per month. Because that 20 USD per month is what a 2gb VM costs from Linode.

    And SSD's write limits are basically non-factors given how often the VM/host is replaced. The predominate aspect of SSDs is they actually can handle more than 1 operation at once, and handle parallel workloads well.
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