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??? Important Server specs for a Autoblog server ???

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by royalmice, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. royalmice

    royalmice BANNED BANNED

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    Hope some of you clever server guru's could give me some advice

    What components are most important for a dedicated server running WP Auto-blogs,

    Would it be:
    • Fast hard disks
    • Fast cpu
    • Plenty of RAM

    I currently have the following specs on my dedi at Softlayer:
    • Motherboard: SuperMicro X7DBU Intel Xeon QuadCore DualProc Sata [2Proc]
    • Processor: 2 x Intel Xeon-Harpertown 5430-Quadcore [2.66GHz
    • RAM: total 16Gb = 4 x Hynix 4 GB ECC FB-DIMM DDR2
    • Drive Controller: 8c04100d7d1 Adaptec \ 3405 \ SATA/SAS RAID
    • Hard Drive 1: wcany4538888 Western Digital WD Caviar RE 16 WD2500YS [250GB]
    • Hard Drive 2 ( Used only for back up) wcany4538888 Western Digital WD Caviar RE 16 WD2500YS [250GB]
    • Hard Drive 3 (Dedicated to MYSQL) cvem0156011r032hgn Intel X25-E Extreme SSDSA2SH032G1 [32GB]
    • Public portspeed: 1000 (Mbps)

    I use MACDN with wp super cache
    I have shitload of plugins for SEO, auto posting etc

    My server seems to be running at a constant 8gb ( 50%) of RAM usage but CPU hardly ever go over 25% usage
    I have occasional load spikes ( like twice a week which brings the server down and http become unresponsive until i reboot the sucker.

    So back to the original question, which of these do you think is most important, and should be the 1st i upgrade

    Would it be:
    • Fast hard disks
    • Fast cpu
    • Plenty of RAM


    Any other advise would be much appreciated
     
  2. hardKOrr

    hardKOrr Newbie

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    From the looks of it you are not using any raid set up for speed? That is typically the bottleneck most computers run into these days. I would shoot for setting up raid to increase your read/write speed, that will probably be the quickest/simplest boost.

    /e by that I mean, cpu & ram dont jump out as "eww" no raid set up for faster read/write kind of does for a server
     
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  3. royalmice

    royalmice BANNED BANNED

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    Many thanks for the suggestion, appreciate that very much.

    What kind of raid would you suggest i go for. i am not even using 25% of the capacity of the disk i currently have.
    I heard Raid 0 is the fastest but should get offsite back up to be save
     
  4. hardKOrr

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    To start simple I would suggest a RAID 3. 3 disks there will give you the same speed as a RAID 0, but will also allow for a backup disk(no backup is no bueno for a server). 2 disks are striped (information is spread between them) the third disk is backup (cumulation of the other 2 disks).

    With RAID 6 you achieve the same results but instead of 1 backup it is 2 backups. So that if 1 drive fails its easier to get "back up and running" although potentially you would never go down with a RAID 6.

    I would suggest just sticking with a RAID 3 design. 3 disks gets you started (you look to have 2 of them already with your Western Digitals. The faster you want your performance the more disks you add. 4 disks RAID 3 would mean striping across 3 (essentially cutting the load in 1/3) and 1 backup.
     
  5. royalmice

    royalmice BANNED BANNED

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    Darn Soft Layer don't offer any od he raids you have suggested.
    The only do RAID 0,1,5,10 and recommended me to go for raid 10 to improve R\W
     
  6. hardKOrr

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    Raid 5 is very similar to Raid 10 actually and either would really work. Depends on where you want to drop your money at.

    If you are storing lots of data on your hard drives and then using them multiple times to do the spinning and such I would suggest going with RAID 10.

    If you store the data, spin the data once and store it again I would suggest going with RAID 5.

    Its REALLY VERY minor difference in the two between read/write but overall the general consensus is that RAID 5 does better at writing and RAID 10 does better at reading.
     
  7. royalmice

    royalmice BANNED BANNED

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    Think i will go with a RAID 10 using 4 x 150GB raptors.
    I will run mainly MYSQL and PHP driven sites ( wp autoblogs ) and handful static html sites

    Thanks for your help and suggestions on this
     
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    In the past I've used cPanel hosting for autoblogs. Any host that offers unlimited domains/sites and databases seems to be okay. I've never had any problems or warnings, which to be honest I was expecting.
     
  9. royalmice

    royalmice BANNED BANNED

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    I am talking of about 400 -600 auto blogs running heavy scrips and many plugins. I dont think any shared hosting will be able to handle this, which is why i have a dedicated server with outsourced management.

    I have now upgraded the 2 processors to : 2 x Intel Xeon-Harpertown 5450-Quadcore [3.00GHz]

    I believe with the 16gb RAM and the raid 10 using 4 x 150 raptors and the MACDN hookup with w3 total cache, this is a winning combination, and just from upgrading the CPU from Processor:Intel Xeon-Harpertown 5430-Quadcore to a 5450 with 3Ghz, already halved the load on the server.

    Thanks for the input and suggestions
     
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  11. royalmice

    royalmice BANNED BANNED

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    Thank you but you are going off topic here, i was not asking for people to recommend me hosting, if you read the original post you would have noticed i was merely asking for suggestions on improving my current server
     
  12. hardKOrr

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    hope the upgrades get accomplished what you were wanting them to!