I’ve been spending hundreds of thousands the last few months attempting to build out my infrastructure and build a system capable of handling 5-10 billion pageviews a month. The whole exponential growth in hardware is going to hit me fast and hard, i’ve delayed it by a factor of 50 compared to everyone else, but at this size i’m going to get trouble soon.
At any rate I tried to buy 2 8 way dual core opterons. suppliers have gone through about 6 test systems now, failed MB’s, Raid issues and blown up hard drives. I’ve tried a series of different suppliers. Just a string of super bad luck.
On top of it all, all these suppliers think they are selling 8 way dual core opterons but in fact its just a fancy 4 way because of Errors in windows 2003 x64. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/899656 You see 128 gigs of ram and 16 cpus in the computer manager but only 8 cpu’s in task manager. I am probably going to drop the dual core and just go with 8 CPU’s and 128 gigs of ram and hope that fixes it.
I am going to connect these machines to a huge fibre channel SAN and run my core db off that. Anyone reading this have any experience getting a functioning machine with this much ram to work in windows x64?