I am interested in purchasing a new server. I would like it based off the new Intel Woodcrest. Does anyone have any suggestions. This is for a small office with about 15 users with a 10/100/1000 Backbone. We will be running Server 2003. Idealy in the near future we will set up a VPN Sever and intend to use it to back up the primary server.
Who makes the most reliable servers? Should I use SCSI or SATA drives. I am thinking of a Raid 5 configuration with 300 GB drives and about 2-4 GB of RAM. The server will be dual processor for future expansion.
currently we are using a p4 3.0 with 1G. It is working but it does seem a bit slow. We are also experiencing occasional crashing ... right now I think it is hardware issues more then anything. The P4 is only a desktop. I am hoping to not have to worry about this issue for a while and sustain a 5 X growth rate in 5 years. Every once in a while the system comes down to a crawl. Not sure why yet. Server is primarily a file server a this time. I still would like to know who makes the best servers?
well, i still think that your current server is enough for a file server for 15 people, even with a 5X increase, just need a hardware check or even windows reinstall, in my opinion... but anyway, as you asked, i think dell makes good servers at a reasonable price. Also, if you dont want to worry about performance, go for scsi drives.
now, if you want to spend zero money with no performance loss in the next 5 years, just install linux with samba in your current server. The slowdown is probably due to some virus/spyware or even windows itself. If you want to increase performance just add some drives and put on a raid or something.