how many users could this webserver handle
Posted on 2004-10-02
i know this is a hard question to ask - but i need help figuring out the specs i'm going to need on a webserver.
I'm just looking for a rough response - eg. "that will be totally fine" or "you may need to look into this..."
I'm ordering an IBM x235 tower server with:
dual Xeon 3.2 GHZ processors
4 GB of PC2100 ECC DDR SDRAM
ultra320 Maxtor 10K 300 GB HDD
ServeRaid-6M ultra320 RAID controller
its going to have a dedicated 5mbps connection to the internet.
The application its running is all webservices - which do little computational work - they mainly just make fairly simple SQL queries against a database adn return the recordsets to the clients. The applicaiton also accepts a lot of uploaded files from clients and stores them locally.
In terms of meeting capacity - what do I need to be thinking about? is there some way of knowing how many resources a connection will take up? i.e. could this thing support several thousand concurrent users? I'm trying to get a rough idea of whether this is enough horsepower or whether i need to beef it up some more.