Hardware Specifications

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Typical Installation

The following provide some hardware provisioning guidelines for 25 / 50 / 100k mailbox.

Our rule of thumb is that 1 mailbox counts for 20-30 messages a day, so you're looking at 750k - 3M messages / day.

For hardware a rule of thumb is that a single server can handle around 150k messages a day. For installations handling around 500k a day or less, we can go with simpler math and say that <150k, 1 server, 150k-300k, 2 servers, 300k-500k, 3 servers.

(Where "server" means a modern quad-core processor with 8 GB of RAM and sufficient storage, e.g. 1TB or so. There is more specific guidance on disk sizing in the Installation Guide, sections 6.2.1 Disk Space for Archiving.)

Large Installation

However, when you get into larger installations then there are a bunch of optimizations that our development team are aware of. In these larger cases these details become more significant and it's more important to tune your recommendations to fit the specific needs. (see Hardware Specifications Hosted)

For example, what kind of disks to buy, how to configure them (e.g. RAID10 using software RAID (most h/w RAID controllers are terrible compared to linux software RAID), divvying up certain partitions on certain partitions to maximize disk IO throughput (our hosted systems use 3 pairs of disks, I think, for this reason), whether or not to use PGBouncer which optimizes database connections... and a bunch of other optimizing stuff that our development team gurus are aware of.

So hopefully the above will provide a good ballpark for understanding the basics and also realizing that for a large installation like it's best to let our development team come up with specifics to meet your needs so you don't over-provision or under-provision or misconfigure.