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We're currently using a Mac Mini 2012 edition to test run our upcoming website. However we're going to be expecting around 30,000-50,000 users per day later on after we launch.

My question is, will a maxed out Mac Pro with these specs be enough to handle this volume of users

  • Two 3.06GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon (12 cores)
  • 64GB (8x8GB)
  • 4x 512GB solid-state drive
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • One 18x SuperDrive
  • Quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express card

Any other suggestions are welcome as well. We tried hosted service before but it was just too limited for our needs.

Thanks

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This totally depends on your website design - for static content this machine is overpowered, for dynamic content it depends on programming an query structure.

Have you considered using Amazons EC2? You'll reach more fault tolerance and scalability than you do with a single Mac Pro.

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We're using wordpress as our CMS, so that would be php along with MySQL. The thing is, we've just relocated to China and the firewall issue means that a lot of things get patchy when we outsource our servers externally. Would you say the Mac pro is enough for our situation? –  jc.yin Mar 29 '13 at 10:39
    
Additionally the site will be running large numbers of php curl requests for external content and serving flash ads at the same time, for a single test user the mac mini is fine but for larger number of users it really hangs. –  jc.yin Mar 29 '13 at 10:44
    
From my experience php-curl is really memory exhausting - anyway, the question is this box is suiting your needs is still depending on the actual programming and db usage - the SSD setup will significantly increase you db performance in comparison to hdd but I would still suggest you to work out a concept for an eventual loadbalancing, before deploying the website. –  Henrik Mar 29 '13 at 12:47
    
Do you have any alternatives to php curl? I tried file_get_contents but apparently other users are saying it's slower than curl. In terms of load balancing would you recommend local hardware load balancers i.e several macs or using a service like cloudflare for "cloud" load balancing? –  jc.yin Mar 29 '13 at 13:35
    
And do you think 10Mbps upload speed is enough for a site like this. We're evaluating different ISP providers but for some reason each one seems to love lying out of their teeth i.e saying they sell us 50Mbps speed when in fact we only get 5Mbps. –  jc.yin Mar 29 '13 at 13:37
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