Lately I have been planning one potential Discourse case, where big resources will be needed. I am well aware of the benefits in virtualization, but for this particular case I find a dedicated server an interesting option. The topic is not discussed too much here.
@mpalmer has mentioned earlier that he is using some dedis. UpCloud has published a benchmark featuring their 40$ plan vs a LeaseWeb Dell R210. According to their couple of years old test the performance is very similar.
As an example, from Hetzner you get a Skylake Core i7 dedicated with 32GB ram and 2x500GB SSD for 39€ (+setup). So a quad core CPU, tons more RAM than typical 40€/$ VPS’s and a large disk. I am wondering how this kind of box, or similar, works for Discourse? What is the real-life capability to serve in comparison to a typical VPS offerings?
With VPS you can scale up if you run out of power, but with dedis you do not have this option. So I am trying to figure out how capable these boxes really are.