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I'm not sure there is a one-fits-all answer here - specifically regarding disk space & bandwidth.

Are you saving HD video files? Then you will probably need a data store connected to your web server.

Are you just allowing people to post text, small images and such? In that case, 1 server could easily cut it.

With proper software configuration, and a decent hardware config, you can go quite a long way with 1 machine.

Can you provide any details? Maybe someone can help out with your specific question, since the general question you've asked is quite difficult to give a proper answer to.

I got the impression he was looking for anecdotes to get a broad impression of what it "usually" takes, instead of advice specific to his situation.

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