I am looking for a skilled and experienced linux server expert to investigate a problem with video streaming on my Debian Server.
Currently I can only provide symptoms, so the actual problem would
need to be identfied.
On the server is a video sharing script that allow visitors to watch
flash-based videos (much like youtube, only adult content).
Users report, that once they start watching a video, the download
will stop in between and will not resume. This does not seem to
happen to all users but many report this problem. I have so far
ruled out connection speed issues on client side. Also it happens
to people from all over the world, no matter how close they live
to the server.
Since I am not familiar with the processes involved, it could potentially
be a php or apache limit. Since this problem does not happen when
I try it, I cannot replicate the problem. But people I personally know
have reported the same issues.
The problem I am trying to describe is not about download speed, it's
about downloads breaking up. Flash videos are played within an embedded
Flash player using progressive download. There is quite some traffic on the servers, but not enough to rectify this problem.
Here is a brief description of the server setup:
1 very new dedicated Debian server 2xQuad Core with 8GB RAM and 1GB port
1 video server 6x300GB RAID5 connected via private switch
1 dedicated Database server
So I believe the hardware is good enough to theoretically handle this.
What could be the problem for the symptoms described? This is a project to investigate and identify the problem.
If you have more questions, please write me.