I've decided to host my own web server. Qwest , in my area, offers upload speeds of 896 kbps. Is that good enough? What does that mean in terms of a user requesting a web page. I try to keep my pages to about 100k max and most are less than 20k each in size. Some of my biggest sites that I will be hosting get about 1000 hits per day.
I was thinking of a Dell PowerEdge T105 server (about $500). It has:
Quad Core AMD® Opteron" 1352; 2.1GHz,4X512K Cache
Primary Hard Drive:
250GB3 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 3.5-in Cabled Hard Drive
Hard Drive Controllers:
Onboard SATA, 1-2 Drives connected to onboard SATA controller - No RAID
Hard Drive Controllers
8GB, DDR2, 800MHz, 4x2GB,Dual Ranked DIMMs
It doesn't have an OS. Red Hat seemed expensive. Ubuntu, FreeBSD or CentOS seemed intriguing..and FREE.
What are your thoughts on the above machine including the OS. I want my pages to run fast so I figure Linux is the choice. Also, I'm a Coldfusion developer so I would place either coldfusion (for linux) 8 or Railo (for linux) on the machine as well as mySQL, php, Apache