We are investigating cPanel for a free web hosting service.
The reason for asking how many accounts can a linux cPanel server handle is due to the fact that we have noticed on prior windows hosting, the iis6 web server crashes after a certain number of user signups. Mainly due to metabase failure or corruption (also the file system fails or crawls when there are too many folders in it). So we are now moving from windows to linux for a better solution.
I am aware that the account number is limited by the nature of the hardware used, in this case its a dual core cpu with 4gig ram and 1000gig hard drive. Just for example.
In a perfect environment one should expect to setup 10 thousand or more accounts per linux/cpanel server, in other words unlimited. What I want to know is this, does cPanel or any part of linux web server (or system, eg. file system) fails when the number of accounts gets too high?
Lets say I am planning to create 30,000 websites(domain or sub domain) with all features on a linux box with cPanel. Would it survive or would it fail at some point?
I hope you got my point and would be grateful if you can share your ideas about the question.