When you get big and do stuff no one else does there are endless people who have never built a big application come out and say its impossible, i’m lieing etc.
I did a more in-depth case study with microsoft a while back but not sure when that will come out. But since then i’ve upgraded my web server. I’m now using a server with 2 Quad Core Intel chips(Zeon X5355 @ 2.66Ghz), 8 Gigs of ram (only using about 800 megs) and 2 hard drives using windows x64 server 2003. Total cost was a couple of grand. The system works a lot better when going over 2 million pageviews an hour. All outbound Data is being Gzipped and even than only 30% CPU usage. To clarify I have only 1 webserver that serves all those pageviews. Most of the 100 million plus image requests a day are running through akamai. This server does serve 10’s of millions of image requests directly, but most of those images are in ram so its not much of a load.
This server wasn’t originally ment to be a webserver, I just wanted to test out the new quad cores and see how they work.