[ubuntu-uk] What to buy as an Ubuntu web server?

Harry Rickards hrickards at l33tmyst.com
Sat May 23 17:00:18 BST 2009

On 23 May 2009, at 16:56, Alan Bell  
<alan.bell at theopenlearningcentre.com> wrote:

> don't buy hardware, look at renting a virtual private server. You will
> get stacks more bandwidth than you could otherwise afford and you get
> full root access and the ability to do a hard reboot. The processor  
> will
> be very fast but the memory will be a bit limited, perfectly fine for
> PHP apps, but a big tomcat J2EE thing might need a bit more than the
> basic minimum. As it is on shared hardware it is eco friendly from a
> power and size point of view. I have a couple of Bytemark virtual
> servers and I am pleased with them, they have stood up to a couple of
> slashdottings (although I did need to boost the ram the first time  
> that
> happened.) The Amazon EC2 stuff is interesting to play with, you can
> even start on a local Eucalyptus VM and move that to EC2 later which  
> is
> a very interesting concept.
> Alan.
> Chris Rowson wrote:
>> On Sat, May 23, 2009 at 12:22 PM, doug livesey <biot023 at gmail.com
>> <mailto:biot023 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>    Hi -- I may be looking to buy a web server for a number of web
>>    apps (RoR served with Passenger & Apache) quite soon.
>>    Could anyone advise me on what hardware to be looking for?
>>    I would want decent speed, so good processors & RAM, and I would
>>    like, if possible, for it to be quite clever about power usage.
>>    Also (& isn't this always the kicker?) I don't want to spend a
>>    fortune.
>>    I'll say a few hundred quids, tops, for now, but I don't want that
>>    to limit people's suggestions too much.
>>    & if people have good resources for new & not-so-new machines I
>>    could buy, that play nicely with Ubuntu, that would be great, too.
>>    Cheers,
>>       Doug.
>> Hi Doug,
>> You could check out http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/
>> HP Proliant ML*** stuff there seems pretty cheap and servers that  
>> I've
>> looked at come with 3 years on site warranty (ymmv).
>> Just be aware that at that price, any servers advertised as RAID are
>> likely to be using rubbish Windows orientated driver assisted  
>> fakeRAID
>> so you'll just be better off setting them up on software RAID.
>> Your selection of hardware will be influenced by how mission critical
>> your applications are of course.
>> Hope that helps
>> Chris
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I totally agree with that. I use FSCKVPS and pay about £6 a month for  
512mb ram. Great service and prices.

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