I need suggestion on server configuration for hosting an online test server. The test will consist of objective type questions and is developed using ASP.Net with Ms SQL Server 2005 in the back end. We are expecting a peak load of 50,000 concurrent load for this test series. Can any of the experts suggest me the kind of configuration required for the hardware. I would like to have recommedation on the processor, RAM, and Harddisk considering the load and the transactions. Every participant will attend a minimum of 100 questions.
We are planning to put the server colocated in a data centre. I need recommendation whether we can host the server using our own dedicated 2 Mbps 1:1 internet connection. Will the configuration of the firewall server (software firewall ISA 2006) affect the performance of the entire solutions ?? Please comment in detail