Mail & Web Services – same server? or different?

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I serve web and email hosting services to my clients and had a question about “best practices”. Is it better to keep all services on the same server and load balance clients by keeping them distributed between servers — web and mail services on servers 1, 2, 3 and 4) — or is it better to have all mail clients on server 1 and 2 and database & web services on servers 3 and 4?

Thus far I have run all services on all servers and just added servers and migrated customers to them as needed — but I’m wondering if there’s a better way to do it.

Pros and cons? Ideas?


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