Server Recommendations!

Gérard BIGOT gerard.bigot at gmail.com
Fri Dec 8 09:21:11 UTC 2006


Hi,

It's not in my habits to say this, but with this amount of money, maybe you
should contact directly ubuntu.com and buy some of their server support?



G.

On 12/8/06, Gary Jarrel <garyjarrel at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi All!
>
> I need some advice on configuring a web and a database server - quite
> powerful both running Ubuntu. The configuration which I've come up
> with for both servers is as follows:
>
> 2 x Xeon 3Ghz Dual Core Processors  (4 processors approx :)
> Dual Xeon Motherboard
> 4 x 2Ggb DDR2 533 ECC Memory (8Gig)
> 4 Port 3WARE Sata2 RAID controller
>
> That being the core then for the web server:
>
> 4 x 320 SATA2 Drives 16Mb Cache (Hardware RAID5 of 3Ware Controller)
>
> and the DB server:
>
> 2 x 320 SATA2 16Mb Cache Drives (Software Raid of motherboard for OS)
> 4 x 750 SATA2 16Mb Cache Drives (Hardware RAID5 of 3Ware Controller
> for Database)
>
> All drives are 7200RPM
>
> The two machines will be connected via a CAT6e Twisted Pair cable
> using one of the Gigabit LAN on each board - for web server access to
> the database. The Web server then connects to the local intranet using
> the other Gigabit LAN.
>
> I need to obtain very good performance out of both machines for quite
> a large user base. I would prefer to use Ubuntu 64bit (board,
> processor, 3ware raid are all 64 bit) as Ubuntu is indeed very stable
> and I already have a number of servers running on it (but not this
> powerful)
>
> For the web server it will probably run Tomcat (will most probably
> leave Apache 2 out with Tomcat direct on port 80 as this seems to work
> quite well in my previous experience) the database server at this
> stage will be MySQL5 but this has not been finalised.
>
> The main concern is with the 2 x Dual Core processors - Will ubuntu be
> able to address both processors and both cores on each concurrently
> and will it improve the performance of the system. Will MySQL be able
> to address the four processors and 8Gb of RAM. Will better performance
> be achieved using 16Gb?
>
> There are a few other options which are available and they include:
>
> 1. Xeon 3.2Ghz Processors (also dual core)?
> 2. 667Mhz Memory (2Gb Modules) instead of 533? expensive toys
> 3. Westan Digital makes 10000RPM SATA2 Drives in 74Gb and 150Gb (all
> have 8Mb cache except for one model in the 150Gb range which has 16Mb
> cache) - also expensive toys.
>
> Would there perhaps be a benefit of running the OS on either the Web
> Server or DB Server (or both) using the faster drives? Can't run the
> database of these drives as I will run out of storage too quick.
>
> Sorry for the long email, but some advice would be much appreciated
> from anyone involved in server configs, set ups or any other
> information!!!
>
> Thank you
>
> Gary
>
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