Tests show Apple’s new base model Mac mini could serve 80 percent of world’s web sites

Load tests performed by Macminicolo.net shows Apple’s new 1.25GHz Mac mini is a suitable web server for 80% of the web sites on the market. “The Mac mini topped out at 1239 hits per second, yielding 2502 Kbytes/sec of data served, while the dual-G5 held up 2174 hits per second, yielding 4387 Kbytes/sec. It is probably that other testers will be able to produce improved hits per second from both machines, however most day-to-day installations will orbit around these performance levels. While these figures aren’t at the top end of the generally available ISP-class web server performance curve by any means, the economics of the Mac mini are such that for the first time ever there is a competitive Macintosh server able to handle more than 1000 hits per second yielding 20Mbits of data at a price that meets or beats much of the industry.”

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  1. And with the dearth of software available, it’s likely that any Mac minis used for this purpose will have an Apache web server activated with a single click. It’s tough on a Mac.

  2. Hywel is right. Setting up a web server on the Mac is no fun. Everything just ships with the machine, so you don’t have any fun shopping for extra software to run your web server, FTP server, mail server, etc. And it’s so easy to set up, what with a simple Cocoa interface for configuring complex industrial-grade Unix-based server software and all, that even configuring the server software is no fun.

    The MDN Magic Word is “college,” as in setting up a Mac mini server is a senseless waste of a perfectly good IT college degree.

  3. Sorry. I’ll rephrase that for the Wayne’s World generation:

    And with the dearth of software available, it’s likely that any Mac minis used for this purpose will be restrited to the built in Apache web serverm which is activated with a single click.

    It’s tough on a Mac. NOT!

  4. Hmmm. Hywel, I missed something.

    We ran Mac OS X Server for many months on a 1.25 ghz eMac (about the same specs as the Mac mini) with ZERO problems. Whenever the site would get hit heavily (it happens) we’d usually run out of bandwidth from the ISP before we’d run out of CPU on the Mac.

    From experience, Mac OS X, PHP, Apache, and MySQL work VERY well together on any Mac, including the Mac mini. While you wouldn’t want a mini to handle a site with huge daily visitor counts, it’ll do just fine even for our site.

    For vanilla Mac OS X, Apple takes all the geeky nerdery “fun” right out of it. One click gets you Apache. A few clicks will also install MySQL and PHP. A few more clicks to install pMachine’s Expression Engine (same content management system used by MDN) and you’ve got a web site of enormous capability.

    Total cost? A Mac mini and EE. Lots of power, great stability, tremendous flexibility, ease of use and setup, very low cost.

    Tera Patricks

  5. Hywel,

    Sorry about that; I should have known better, coming from you. I’ve read so many opinions here that were so totally bizarre that I treated them as sarcasm, only to find out to my chagrin and astonishment that the fruit loops were being deadly serious, that I no longer automatically assume that someone is being sarcastic. Overexposure to this forum will definitely contribute to the atrophy of one’s Sarcasm Appreciation Lobe. More’s the damn pity; we don’t have enough irony in our diets as it is.

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