Nginx SSL for backend server, do I need another server?

Avi Keinan avi.keinan at
Sat Jun 1 16:48:32 UTC 2013


> I'm going to open a website to deliver huge files over the internet,
> I'm planning to provide secure download (SSL) with nginx.
> But I don't know how much the cpu usage the ssl protocol will use,
> I already have lots of 2X Xeon(R) CPU E5-2609 servers, with tons of
> 7200RPM 3TB Sata in Raid6 to deliver the files,
> .
> Each server should handle 250 downloads at the same time (each 4 servers
> with 1 10Gbit Port, with limit rate to 800K/S),
> My question is very simple:
> Do i need another server for each existing server, to work as a frontend
> ssl server?
> Or if the ssl protocol will not consume so much cpu power?
> Thanks in advance,
> Avi.
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