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I'm sure you could get vastly better performance. But this is not about performance.

What happens when you need multiple datacenters? How about if you need to plan maintenance in a single datacenter? Therefore you need at least two servers in each datacenter, etc.

Let's say you decide to use smaller machines to serve the frontend but your backend machines are big iron. Are you going to perform all your computation and then push the data out to edge servers?

There's much more to this then loading up on memory and cores.

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