FreeBSD Hosting and Dedicated Hosting Services
Dedicated server hardware requirements
When ordering a dedicated server from a hosting provider there are two schools of thought.
- To order a server that has room for increased workload (also known as scalability), so you would order say a processor that had a higher clock speed than you would currently require or more CPU cores than you would need and more ram than you would currently use, this way you can easily handle more web traffic or more resource intensive software without having to upgrade your server. Another benefit is that you can handle different peak and load times a lot easier. Remember not everyone surfs the Internet evenly spaced out, resulting in peaks and valley s in demand. This is the conventional way of doing it.
- To order a system that is just enough to handle your current web traffic/demand for system resources. This way you are maximizing your costs and getting the most from your dedicated server at the expense of future rapid expansion. You may be limiting the growth potential of your business for the savings in maximizing your server usage. Again I am sure there are some economists that would pick option 2 however from a system engineer's standpoint it is better to have additional capacity than to deal with a fully loaded system that does not have enough resources left to function right.
I tend to err on the side of caution and always purchase a dedicated web server that has at least 50 percent more capacity than my highest peak load, since this give me enough head room for future expansion and unforeseen demand. If you have any questions as to your requirments you can alsways speak with your sales rep at your web hosting service provider.
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