[wp-hackers] Forum post: Huge server hits

John Sinteur john at sinteur.com
Tue Jul 12 20:05:52 GMT 2005

On Jul 12, 2005, at 9:56 PM, Podz wrote:

> I do not think it unreasonable for WP to have an answer which  
> people could be told to pass to their host. Make the contents of  
> that answer as  geeky and as technical as you want because right  
> now it is better than what we have - which at best is guesswork,  
> and at worst nothing.

The correct answer is "you'll need somebody with expertise".

In fact, that's how I earn a living. www.kpn.com is the website for  
the largest dutch telco, and one of the top-ten sites in the  
Netherlands. I'm one of the technical architects. It's my job to make  
it deal with the load.

There *is* no easy answer. With the current state of technology,  
you'll need somebody who knows his way around servers that get a  
load. That will cost money. My hourly rates for this kind of stuff is  
not low.

Perhaps in *cough* years, technology will be at a point where this is  
a no-brainer. I suspect Google will play a big role in that, but this  
form isn't really the place to elaborate on that.

At best, you'll get to a point where you can say "up to load X,  
you'll be fine with a generic pentium 4 server" but if I recall the  
start of this thread, the load was unexpectedly high.


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