Our Moodle kept up reasonable well with demand last year, but growth and peak demand is pushing us to the need to get our database on its own server. I have never done that before, so I am not sure what I should be in the market for for the size and power we will need and how much RAM it is likely to need.
Right now we have a 2 TB, 4 core, 32 GB RAM LAMP stack and Moodle 2.9. Moodle is the only thing on it. We have 11,00 accounts all new within the last year to year and a half with 3,000 being added in the last month.
For the second server for the database we also will be going with a quad core. The RAM is very customizable. Is there usually a sweet spot and then after that you get less and less performance for the dollar or does it scale well and every dollar you spend you just keep on getting a big increase?
Of course I am hoping for a blow my socks off increase in performance, but in reality what performance increases have you found with having the database on its own server? Will it be very noticeable?