I'm preparing to build a new server for my business. We currently have 4 computers networked with an outdated computer.
We generally work in programs like ACT! (database), Word Perfect, Outlook, and some specialized progs. Our Word Perfect reports generally have a lot of pictures and are many pages long. We store/access everything from the old 'server'. Everything else we access are just database files, music, misc docs, etc.
For reference the 4 computers, excepting the 'server', are newer systems, gigabit ethernet, C2D cpu's, etc, all running Vista Ult 32.
I'm looking for the fastest setup for reading/writing these files.
What would be the best option for me:
-Use a regular C2D cpu computer running vista 32 with maybe a seperate LAN card?
-Build a computer with a server mobo/cpu?
There's just so much I'm getting confused. I'd like to run a RAID 0 setup (with remote backup), so I want to make sure I've got enough Network Throughput to take advantage of this.
I just don't want to build a server, then find out I spent a bunch of money on a fast computer and my network is the bottleneck.
Thinking on it more, you're probably better off buying a basic computer running your RAID setup. Anything today will easily be powerful enough to operate and handle a few computers.
You could go the server route, pay more money and have something that could support far more computers.. 20-30+ computers.. but its over kill.
I'd recommend grabbing up the smallest, cheapest brand name server though. I would not run Vista on it - Windows 7 or maybe Win2k3 Server if you have it available, even Win2k8 server.