Topic: PunBB hardware
I recently stumbled upon this interesting page, where some of the hardware behind some of the biggest vBulletin etc forums is highlighted:
There were no punBB forums on that list.
It is an interesting list, if only due to the way it reveals how some (relatively) small vBulletin forums seem to need pretty awesome clusters of hardware behind them - 6 front-end servers, 4 DB servers, etc etc.
Scary stuff, due to the extra $$$ and sysadmin complexity this implies.
It highlights some of the architectures people used to cope with high traffic - separate web and DB servers, separate static file/attachment/image servers, load-balancers etc.
It also underlines (to me) the importance of planning for growth if you have a forum in a topic that has broad appeal, although I presume that (if you don't load it up with too many mods and tweaks) a punBB forum should in general scale better than for eg a VB one - ie the threshold point where you would need to start thinking about kicking in some big iron to ensure good performance in a punBB board should be quite a bit higher than it may be for vb or phpBB.
Out of curiosity, can anyone running a big punBB board tell us their hardware specs?