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data center design for ent web hosting

i have a project to design a data center purely web hosting. i need advice on what factors i should consider and which cisco platforms best fits for scalability, performance for web services

my thinking

1. for FW should I use pix or asa?

which is better in terms of performance and web hosting related features

2. external router which series( 72xx series or lower?

3. if i use cat 65xx then what are the other web performance, security related components can be used ( otther than content switching, wccp,local director)

if you can provide me some case studies and some idea on above questions would be great ful


Re: data center design for ent web hosting


1.PIX is the precursor to the ASA so at this point the ASA is probably a better choice since it'll be around longer plus I'm sure they have beefed up the base hardware compared to the pix.

2.Your external router is dependant on how much traffic your going to be dropping into your hosting site. A 7200 series router is a fairly beefy router and should be able to handle what you need if your looking.

3.One of the nice things about the 6500 is you can put a FWSM and segment all your different hosting servers to provide a more granular network control.

I don't have any case studys but will look around and post them if I find some.


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Re: data center design for ent web hosting

thanks, it would be great if i can get some case studies material.

BTW, can i avoid the router and make the PIX or the ASA to front to the ISP connection. Is there a majore security risk?

(this is a cost issue as well)

Any of these boxes gives any added advantages for large web hosting, content itself which is much higher than the other industry players?

Also we looking at 15-20MB of traffic via internet