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1 large VPS or multiple smaller?

Discussion in 'Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting' started by Daniel J. Lewis, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. Daniel J. Lewis

    Daniel J. Lewis Award-winning podcaster and consultant

    Oct 20, 2014
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    7:51 AM
    I'm debating this issue right now. I have a WordPress Multisite with a 2+ GB database, 12 high-traffic sites running on its own 4 GB / 4 CPU VPS on Vultr (an older instance before they slowed the CPUs). I also have multiple single low-traffic WP sites on a second 2 GB / 2 CPU VPS.

    Is this separate-server setup a good idea, or would I be better with a single, upgraded server for everything?
  2. bassie

    bassie Active Member

    Apr 29, 2016
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    1:51 PM
    Separate servers if you ask me.
    So your whole environment isn't down in case of the 1 server setup with it's single point of failure.
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  3. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

    May 24, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
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    9:51 PM
    Nginx 1.13.x
    MariaDB 5.5
    Really is just a judgment call. Usually, my rationale for separate servers is just so that if one site takes off traffic wise, it's just easier to scale up or move servers for that one site without other sites on the server needing to take account for. Automated backups also is easier to manage disk space requirements. It's also why i prefer subdomain over directory for sites, makes scaling a site much easier i.e. versus If forums grow, just move the forums itself instead of entire site. Of course if you 100% know that site isn't going to grow traffic wise much, I'd probably group them together on one server.
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