The server requirements for a site serving 1 million users can vary widely, since it depends on many factors such as the hardware, the application used, and the bandwidth requirements, among others; however, the higher the server’s requirements, the higher the cost.
CPU, Memory, etc
Because each application has different CPU sizes, memory (RAM), and disk requirements, there is no single answer to this question, but we can offer ideas about how to go about when considering a server that will have many users.
We can say that one of the first things to consider when choosing a server is its function. What type of server do you need? Do you need a file server? Then, this will require multiple bays for hard drives since it’s mainly used for storage. Are you looking for a database server that handles lots of user queries benefits from a large (12- or 16-core) CPU? A database server (also known as SQL engine) is useful for organizations that have a lot of data to deal with on a regular basis and is much more efficient than a file server. In addition, there are also web servers and application servers, which have framework-specific requirements, so the number of users of the database affects how robust you should go with the hardware.
Server vs Standard PC
A simple way to understand what a server does is to think of a server as being similar to a standard PC, with the exception that a server will function for 24/7 operations. That means that the cost of a dedicated server is going to depend mostly on the hardware system requirements that largely depend on the tasks that the server will perform as well as on the number of users it will serve. A basic server with fewer application requirements can host a large amount of users, but the servers’ performance can be affected. However, if the application requirements are above average, the server could host a large amount of users without affecting its performance.
Depending on the nature of the content, many websites use the power of Content Delivery Networks (CDN), like CloudFlare, which is best for content that isn’t constantly changing. One example of this type of content are web objects, video streaming, software downloads, online services, and other static content. So, it may be better for a faster send/receive rate with smaller packages; however, a dedicated server is a better option for a higher-user traffic load, since it doesn’t use multiple servers and networks around the globe to deliver the content.
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