I'm in the process of specifying a new web server, which will be running ColdFusion 8.01 Enterprise (as well as IIS etc.).
The server will be running ~6 active instances of ColdFusion - and will initially be configured with 4GB RAM - with the option of upgrading in the future as required.
We will be using Windows 2003 Enterprise as the operating system.
What will the benefits and downsides be of going for the x64 OS compared with the x32 OS, taking the following into consideration:
- The system will only be used as web application server
- The system will initially be set up with 4GB RAM - and will never have more than 8GB.
- The high number of instances of CF mean that if we did set the JVM Heap size over the ~1200 MB x32 limit, then we'd run a distinct possibility of running out of memory. (The reason for having so many instances of CF is to enable separation of CF Mail queues - 2 of the instances don't get any front end traffic at all, and are just responsible for sending out large batches of email)
Any advice would be appreciated...