[CentOS] How fast?

Paul Heinlein heinlein at madboa.com
Mon Oct 5 23:34:38 UTC 2009


On Mon, 5 Oct 2009, nate wrote:

> ML wrote:
>> HI All,
>>
>> How fast does a a small DNS Server need to be? I will have about 10 
>> servers and a few workstations. I have a few older Compaq PIII 
>> boxes with 1gb RAM each or I have faster P4 boxes.
>
> Your watch is probably sufficient.

Or your phone...

It wasn't THAT long ago that "monster" servers ran 85MHz SPARC 4d's. 
(We had a cool 12-proc unit that auto-failed one cpu so I could say 
with a straight face that I administered the only 11-processor web 
server I knew...)

Seriously, you'd have to look long and hard to find a computer that 
didn't have the horsepower to host DNS, DHCP, NTP and static HTTP 
services.

The bigger issue is ensuring that an older computer has enough disk 
space to house a modern distro and enough RAM to run modern kernels -- 
and even then you can tighten things up if you're willing to work with 
a speciality distro.

-- 
Paul Heinlein <> heinlein at madboa.com <> http://www.madboa.com/


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