Limits of a Download Server
for Large Downloads
Probing the maximum number of users without
deterioration of performance
In this test up to 100 users download a 32 MB file from the web server every 30 seconds. The web server is connected to the network with a GigaBit network card.
In the graph we can see that the download times per user are almost constant until about 50 users are active at the same time.
A maximum of 50 users can be active simultaneously until the server's and the network's limits are hit.
|~6.400 downloads pageviews per hour
|Maximum Server Bandwidth
|RAMP (number of users increases during the test time)
|Number of Users
|Tested Web Server
|DELL Dimension, 1.5 Ghz Intel P4, 400 MB RAM, Windows 2003 Small Business Server, IIS6 (out-of-the-box installation), GigaBit Network
|DELL Poweredge 750, 2.8 GHz Intel XEON (Hyperthreading), 2 GB RAM, Windows 2003 Server, (out-of-the-box installation) (running Webserver Stress Tool)