Just chatted with @PingOfd3ath ... yes, the faucet is a java application with own included server. It does not run on webhosting accounts or something, you will need a server where you can install java and execute/run a application. Basically it is exactly the same tech like the burstcoin wallet ... if you can not run a wallet on your server, you will not be able to run faucet or observer.
the miners in the wallet application can be manually tweaked. The best way to do that is to copy the miner of choice (after it has been setup through the app) and launched from the miner itself as the app (wallet AIO) overwrites the miners config within the app. Biago's miner has switches that the AIO wallet doesn't tweak.
Actually, the 8TB backup plus HDDs from Seagate have 160 MB/s as max data transfer speed, so you would need two of them to max out the USB 3 interface using only one host controller. You can therefore read these two drives in 13 seconds total, in theory. You can also buy cards with multiple USB 3 root controllers that connect to PCI-e slots, so that you can get good parallel read times without being limited by one host controller, given that your PCI-e slots support such bandwidth. It's all about finding the bottlenecks. :)
For those interested, in a mining context with 8TB plots, the CPU or CPU/GPU will need to read 2000 MB from a single 8TB drive (through the USB 3 bus).