I just want to thank everyone for their responses. I do realize this was not exactly a question that could be "answered" as such but I still wanted to hear some people that have had personal experiences dealing with similar issues. FYI, I have read many websites that attempt to answer this question in one way or another, but I feel that the details I can get from places such as this mailing list are much better.
Anyways, to focus on one question I had asked, can anyone provide with websites that run using LAMP (large, higly trafficed websites)? http://www.sourceforge.net comes to mind, but I don't know really what's going on in the background. Specific examples would be helpful to my case. Any ideas? Justin At 12:46 PM 5/31/2002 -0500, you wrote: >On Fri, 31 May 2002, Justin Felker wrote: > > I have spent the last hour pouring over this list's archive. > >(Not a flame, but I keep seeing this recently. The word is "poring".) hehe, thanks. > > I, along with several other people am starting a business which will > depend > > heavily on its web presence. Unfortunately, I am in the all too common > > position of having to make technical decisions that will have > repercussions > > on the future well-being of said business, with little to no > budget. It is > > crucial that the solution I pick, handle what we hope will become a very > > large load in the not-to-distant future (whether this happens or not is a > > question for another day, heh). To this end, I am very interested in > using > > the LAMP (Linux+Apache+MySQL+PHP) approach. I have experience with all of > > these technologies, but I am definitely not in a position to vouch for > > their worthiness for use in a large scale application running beneath a > > heavy load. > > > > To quantify LAMP's ability, is it appropriate for say, sites that generate > > on the order of 5 million unique hits per day? If not, where would you > > draw the line? At 500,000? Or 1 million? If so, how much higher > could it > > go possibly? 10 million? 20? > > > > . . . > > > > So, what say you? Given all that I have said, is LAMP appropriate? Will > > PHP and maybe even more importantly, MySQL be able to scale well? I have > > no doubt that MySQL is fast, but just how scaleable is it? Will it die > > beneath the kind of loads I have described? > >It's really difficult to answer this question without knowing a lot more >about your application. But as a casual guess, if you reach that sort of >traffic level, I'd say your stumbling block is going to by MySQL. At some >point - granted, that point can be far away if you design your database >and queries well - it will buckle under load. > >I'm too busy actually working, unfortunately, to pay attention to the >bleeding edge developments in MySQL. But as it stands, there's no serious >support for clustering, which means that when you are pushing more >transactions than can be handled by the most expensive single machine you >can afford, you've hit a brick wall. And as you know, there is a point >after which multiple lesser-powered machines are a whole lot cheaper than >a single mighty one. > >If your database transactions are mostly read-only, and you can segregate >the infrequent write transactions to a separate server, you can do >jury-rigged replication of the main data store and scale indefinitely. > >Otherwise, you'll probably have to plan with an eye to a migration path >toward Oracle, DB2, or whatever. This doesn't mean you can't start out >with MySQL, but it does mean you should develop with a database >abstraction layer and shouldn't depend on features that are fast in MySQL >but poorly supported by other databases (or emulated in the abstraction >layer). > >As for Linux, Apache, and PHP, there's no limit to the transaction volume >you can handle with even rudimentary load-balancing tactics, so that's >nothing to worry about. > >miguel > > >-- >PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) >To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php