So let me apologize first if this is in the wrong section! Its definitely about multisites but possibly installation?
Ok then onwards!
I've been given the responsibility of devising a system which can handle hundreds if not thousands of sites as apart of one multisite. I know my way around the run of the mill website but a system like this is still on the fringes for me, and need to find a platform that would support this.
Let me preface my questions with the fact that I'm NOT asking for a suggestion for a specific vendor but rather am on a path to find out what service I'm looking for, as I'm sure the moderators would look down on that.
I've researched this topic and have come up with plugins that will split the database up for load balancing and that makes perfect sense in my mind, where I run into a road block is processor speed and disk space. I would like the ability first to allow each of these sites upload right around 2gb apiece, basically I never want to hit a wall with that. I also dont have any idea how much processing power this would take as I've lived in shared hosting for most of my web life and never really had to worry about it.
The thing that drives me nuts is I know wordpress.com does it and it handles its 40million users somehow!
So again: I'm not asking for a vendor comparison.
I just am curious if I'm looking for a VPN or Dedicated Server setup? or is this better suited for a Windows Azure/Amazon S3 & EC2 cloud enigma? Does anyone have any success stories with something similar or know of good tutorials I can look into or any insite into how wordpress.com has it setup?
Keep in mind as well that I dont have any sort of IT degree though with a decent guide I'm not afraid to jump into some commandline goodness, we are also a smaller company so hiring an entire IT department is sort of out of the question.
Thanks so much for your help