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Possible move of very large VB3.8 community

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by jointheinsiders, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. jointheinsiders

    jointheinsiders New Member

    I've been running on VB 3.x for quite some time with my community (2007, originally on 3.5) and am considering a move to either IPB or XenForo.

    There were a number of difficulties with vb 3.x, mostly considering the size of the posts database (677K thread, 26M posts).

    How does XenForo's search system (and system in general) hold up to a posts database of this size? I was able to integrate Sphinx because anything else was unmanageable. Is there a possibility of a Sphinx backend?
  2. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    I think Elasticsearch will do the job - the main thing is to have enough RAM to service it and all the other stuff, but RAM is cheap......

    DP has a db of similar size:

    I'm not a server expert, but I would consider two dedicated servers - one for mysql and one for everything else - for such a community. Then again, some single servers are so multi-threaded and speedy that it might be possible on one.

    I think your traffic is every bit as important as your size.
  3. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    @jointheinsiders could you give us some idea of the specs of your server (presumably you're on a dedicated box [or two ;)])?

    You might also want to look for posts from @digitalpoint and @Stuart Wright who have both moved large-scale vB forums over to XenForo.
  4. jointheinsiders

    jointheinsiders New Member

    Thanks for your advice.

    I already have two dedicated servers in the manner you've described, both are E3-1230v2, 16GB RAM. The webserver is nginx/php-fpm and filesystem resides on 7200RPM in RAID-1. On the mySQL server, OS runs on 7200RPM in RAID1, but database is housed on 120GB SSD in RAID1.
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