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Does Geeklog scale?


Hi Folks,

I am planning to become a webhost and want to host hundreds of GL implementations. Can anyone tell me what kind of server environment I should be looking at?

I was initially thinking the new IBM eblade server (4 way intel) running on Linux might do the trick with approximately 100 GL sites per blade. Or maybe I need to look at an SMP with virtual machines? Does anyone know what other ISPs are doing to support a similiar setup?

Also does anyone have any performance figures on the number of concurrent user sessions they have been able to get on their GL server? Any performance data and specifics would be helpful.


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I would do some search on this site for Groklaw. They have a huge userbase and are repeatedly slashdotted. That alone shows that Geeklog scales very well.

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To scale the way you want you will want to separate the web and database servers. That may or may not be an option but for large numbers of GL installations that is the way to go.

In the case of a site like Groklaw, Macfixit and MacOSXHints you are usually better having both the web and ddatabase on the same server running over named pipes granted you have plenty of RAM and enough processing power.
The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.


I'm actually running some performance tests on the system to see what kind of architecture to create. Is there any advantage to using Named Pipes, is it for performance reasons?


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