hello I am starting to put together a plans for hosting a Drupal site large enough to handle 30,000 + users actively connected to the site/forum.
I am basically planning on using D7 and integrating vbulletin or using the advance forums. But I really want the forums to emphasize the site. Perhaps I am inexperienced with drupal, but having been around plenty of automotive forums, I see vBulletin used quite often. I have checked out a few drupal sites using advance forums and IMO they are pretty nice. I wonder what more vBulletin has to offer. I haven't gotten there yet.
Anyhow, I am wondering if 30,000 users can be connected via a couple of comcast broadband connections? What would I need as a router? I have 4 cisco 2600 laying around and 2 3650 managed switches...also a PIX firewall that would be ok..in short i have a decent amount of hardware..
But I am having problems gathering how all of this is going to come together. I see how I can build a rack in my house. And then eventually lease a rack in my local datacenter for DR and BC purposes.
I guess what I am asking is, what kind of horsepower do I need?
I plan to use a content delivery network, such as MAXCDN to ease the page loads.
I need some help putting this big puzzle together. Please share you input. Thanks!