Hello everyone! My apologies if this appears twice... I had trouble getting it through earlier. A collegue and I are beginning development on a site that will eventually need to very scalable (assuming our business model is a good idea). My problem is that I'm not a sysadmin guru, and I'm not terribly comfortable with the design of the hosting platform. We're going to start with two servers initially (for cost reasons), and I'm considering the following solution: Run lighty on one machine, as well as a set of FCGI listeners. Use the second machine as a DB server and more FCGI listeners on as we scale. Keeping the DB server separate seems like a good idea, since eventually I will want that machine to be ONLY a DB server. As we scale, I'm thinking that we will add more machines to run FCGI listeners, completely separate the DB server from app serving, and front the whole thing with lighty on a machine that acts only as a web server. If it gets any bigger than that, then I guess I'll have to hire a real sysadmin. But that's putting the cart a couple miles in front of the horse. My concerns are: 1. Redundancy. We're going to be storing and serving large number of media files as part of the site, and I'm considering using MogileFS a la Robot Co-Op to handle storage of these files. I'm concerned about hardware failure and the implications of loss of data on these media files. Would I be best using hardware redundancy such as RAID, or are there better solutions? 2. Off-site backups. (DB/Media Files, etc) Are there services that you can contract with? I see rsync is often used as a backup solution, so do you just a server with a different host and use it purely for backup, or what? 3. Is the design above workable? We have to start small, but I want to make sure I don't make bad decisions that will haunt me as we scale. 4. So that I don't waste everyone's time with replying to this, are there any good places to find info on this topic? People that have done it before, etc? I've got Eric Hodel's posts regarding their setup, so I'm wondering if there's any other good sources of info. Whew... Thanks for reading this far, and thanks for any info you can offer!
on 2006-04-02 06:54