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I have two machines, both 2.4 GHz quad core machines. One has 4GB RAM, the other 8GB RAM.

Which server should be Web Front End, which should be Database server?

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Chance that the link between the two computers will be the bottle neck. –  kobaltz Jun 9 '12 at 0:00

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There is no single magic answer for this.

A webserver can run very well on tiny hardware if all it does is serve static pages to a few users. If it needs to serve hundreds of simultanious connections and do some server side magic (e.g. accept uploadd images, convert them locally to a identicsal format and display those) then it needs bigger hardware.

The same is true for the DB server. Without more information than you provided you will not get a useful answer.

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Thanks for your input. It's for a Dev machine that will also have a front end component for demo. Very few concurrent connections. More intensity on data access per single user. Sounds like DB server should get the beef. –  Wesley Jun 8 '12 at 22:43

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