On 30 Mar 2006, at 18:19, Raymond B. wrote:
We’re trying to set up a colocated server for deploying a Rails
application or three. Right now I’m undecided between a PC-based
server running FreeBSD and an Xserve running OS X. I’ve never
colocated before so I’m wondering if anyone has stories, tips, or
could say what their preferred OS is for running Rails.
I’m also wondering how performance of Ruby is with single/dual
processors. Is it worth getting a DP Xeon or G5? Is the processor
going to be the bottleneck or the bandwidth?
OS X Server has never been the fastest server, and I personally don’t
think it has anything to do with single or dual processor, but with
the nature of OS X itself. If you want to squeeze as much performance
as possible out of your server, I can garantee you a Linux server is
going to be better. On the other hand, OS X is easier to manage using
Apple Remote Desktop.
Website performance is always going to be the combination between
available bandwidth and the amount of requests your server can
handle, but most of the times, your server is going to be the culprit
when your website doesn’t perform.
As much as I love the Mac for my development and think OS X Server is
a good solution for basic serving (fileserving, dataserving,
webserving), I’d never use it in a production environment. When you
colocate a PC-based server, just make sure it’s good quality,
replacing parts can be quite expensive if you’re colocation your own
Peter De Berdt