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Files hosting servers setup

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Hi,
we are contemplating to start building our files sharing portal and I am curios to see what would experts suggest in terms of the servers setup - mainly disk space.

- For now we decided to go with Linux/Unix OS, MySQL, PHP.

What we approx. expect to have within 2 years:
A. 5,000 members - each member account will have approx. 2 GB of dedicated space
B. Files stored will be each up to 50Mb (zipped files will be split into smaller units). We will not store/share any big files like movies. It will be mostly pictures, graphics, flash, small videos.
C. Our pages will mostly contain pictures. Users will be browsing through many pictures (mostly thumbnails). As for the traffic not sure yet, let's say we will have 20,000 visits a day.

- What would you suggest for the server setup (processor, RAM, drives). For now we plan to go with RAID 1.
- How is it technically done, I mean storing the files across 3 or 4 servers.. Or how the storage (disk space) should be set up?
- We will need something which will support fast uploading and downloading files. What connection should we go with 100 Mbs or 1Gbs? What bandwidth to expect? What data center to use (mainly for North America users).

Please, think of it from the "growing perspective" point of view - starting out with one server and trying to reach our first 1,000 members.

Thank you.
J.
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