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Hardware requirements for an Apache server?

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I'm looking at setting up a linux/apache web server, as cheaply as possible.
I want to be able to handle a moderate level of traffic, say 3000 visitors a day.

I will be serving mostly static html pages.
I'm planning on running Debian stable, with Apache 1.3.

What kind of hardware will I need to do this?  Can I get away with something in the 400 MHz range, with lots of RAM?

What if I want to run a php web application, with mysql backend, would this configuration be able to handle that?

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3000 visitors a day is quite a lot, but I reckon you could get away with a 400 MHz range machine, put a SCSI disk in it, don;t need that much memory with static pages 256MB should do the trick. As soon as you start to work with a server side language you might still get away with it, but probably need to upgrade the memory, how the machines handles then also depends on how well you code. Running a SQL DB on it as well might get a bit tricky...

At home I run several websites of a 350MHz machine with a server-side language (coldfusion) and it runs like a train, it also depends how well you optimize your machine.
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If you look at a Sun RAQ4 appliance thats built for just this type of work they have a spec something like:

K6-2 500Mhz
512Mb RAM
20Gb IDE disc

This can happily run sendmail, Apahce 1.3 with PHP and PostgreSQL with several virtual web sites on. As long as you keep the SQL small, tight and efficient, this should be able to cope with 3000 visitors.

Personally I think SCSI is over rated for this type of application, as long as you have ATA-100 IDE discs or above you should have no worries about disc performance.
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