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From Chris Taylor <ch...@x-bb.org>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Question about systems
Date Sat, 08 Mar 2003 02:04:58 GMT
Solaris tends to be better than Linux in several areas, most notably it's
networking reliability. You will probably see higher throughput and
efficiency there.

However, the price factor is very important, as is that the PC would have
twice as much RAM :) To be honest, 2 of the PC machines would probably be
far better than the Solaris box. Maybe not twice as good, but not far off.

Basically, you pay a lot for Sun, but if you have the cash, it's probably
worth it.

Chris Taylor - chris@x-bb.org - The guy with the PS2 WebServer -
http://www.x-bb.org/chris.asc

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Hyman" <mhyman@yahoo.com>
To: <users@httpd.apache.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 2:01 AM
Subject: [users@httpd] Question about systems


> Hi guys,
>
> I have a dilemma that I need input on.
>
> If you were to buy machines to be used as dedicated web servers, which
would
> you go with?
>
> Option 1. A Sun SunFire 280R with 2 Ultra 3 processors and 4GB RAM. Run
> Solaris 9
>
> Option 2. PC-server with 2 ~2.8GHZ Xeon processors and 8GB RAM. Run Linux
>
> The prices are worlds apart and I think I will get more bang for the buck
> with PC.
>
> The systems will connect to an Oracle server, via SQL*Net and server both
> dynamic and static content along with providing download files up to 1GB
in
> size. The files will be stored locally.
>
> What I want to understand is which machine will be faster, be able to
handle
> more peak loading, have a longer lifespan yet be upgradeable for a
> reasonable price.
>
> In the benchmarking we have done, we run out of Ram before CPU using
Apache
> 1.3.27 and Mod_perl, so we will heavily load the machines with RAM.
>
> I have years of experience with Solaris and SunOS, and little with Linux,
> but the learning curve seems small and easily handled. It seems to me that
> Linux is more customizable than Solaris, but then Solaris comes pretty
well
> tuned and does not always need much tweaking.
>
> Apache and all of our software components support both Solaris and Linux,
so
> we can go either way as far as that goes.
>
> I think it comes down to a simple formula of which option gets us the most
> peak and sustained performance for the least amount of money.
>
> So, I am looking for some input as to which way you might go in my
> positions.
>
> Thanks in advance for the help!!
>
> Regards...Michael
>
>
>
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