Amount of Collector Servers to handle a Windows enterprise environment

I am in the process of building a centralized repository for which windows servers will forward event logs to.

Even though there is no known number of clients per collector, I was wondering what is the general rule of thumb for the amount of servers a single collector should handle and the amount of memory and cpu we need to allocate.

I see that a collector can also accept messages from sources in different domains which also makes me wonder how much can one server handle.

I have 5000 servers and have a feeling that a single collector servers would not be enough.

What is your take on this?

many thanks

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You should be using System Center Operations Manager and System Center Orchestrator to ease your workload.
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tobe1424Author Commented:
Thanks David.

Is there a rule of thumb with respect to the amount of forwarders and collector / SCOM can handle?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
depends upon your database speed mostly
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