Hosting a media conversion site

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One of our upcoming projects is a site that will handle conversion from mov to mp4, youtube to mp3, and all that silly stuff–pretty much every popular file format that people commonly need to convert. We plan for the traffic to be fairly heavy, probably 2-3K per day at first and growing progressively. Since this is not just WordPress serving up simple pages, I imagine we will need multiple servers for this.

Can anyone help me figure out the technical requirements for this type of site? Are we going to need the fastest CPUs and maximum RAM? How do we spread the load across servers, and is there anything that should be delegated to AWS or another cloud service?

Finally, this is slightly off topic, but if you know a solid developer to handle the actual conversion scripts and what not, please feel free to send him or her my way.

This is an example of sites that do similar things (I am not hotlinking on purpose):

You get the idea. Any and all thoughts regarding hosting this monstrosity of a project are much appreciated!

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