Running Linux boxes as high end servers

Stefan Magdalinski (
Sat, 15 Jun 1996 13:46:45 +0100 (BST)

I've been asked to evaluate and select equipment for running a smallish
ISP, and was wondering whether anyone could point me to some testimonials
or comparisons between high spec'd PCs running Linux, and much higher-end
kit such as DEC's or Sun's. We'd want a couple of nameservers, a good
news-server, a web/ftp server and so on. a very rough guess is about
1000-10,000 customers initially, with a full news feed.

My personal experience of
these things is that PCs running Linux as desktop workstations are more
reliable/ fast than (more expensive) low to mid range Suns, but I was
wondering how this scales into heavily loaded, high-stability required
kit, with RAID disks and so forth.

I'd be especially interested if
somebody could point to some actual data, and/or running servers, but I'm up
for opinions, suggestions, recommendations, thoughts, ideas, also.

Many thanks,
I've posted this in the net-list because it's net-related, but
suggestions for more appropriate groups also welcome...

Stefan Magdalinski - I&I

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