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Data file server hardware configuration

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December 24, 2012 6:59:06 AM

Hi guys i have problem, i need to build data file server for up to 120 users working on one place.
Network 100 mb/s but it will late be gigabyte.

I need space for 2 tebyte and + 2 terbayte, he first is for projects and the second for dev.
I dont know raid to make so is there other option beside ssd ?

What hardware case, power suply, cpu, how many memory and motherboard you suggest for this i need configuration for this one guys..
December 25, 2012 10:37:27 AM

Anyone ? :hello: 
a c 82 G Storage
December 25, 2012 12:42:48 PM

You have left out valuable info, e.g., what's your budget, how will you back it up, which operating system will be installed, what downtime is accetable if the server fails, do you already have a UPS, what Ethernet switch is installed, etc. Why would you build a server when you could buy one from Hp, Dell or IBM? If it fails, you'll have to fix it yourself and unless you buy server components that will be available for the next several years, you may have difficulties finding replacement parts. In a business environment, buying a server usually makes more sense unless you are available 365 days a year to support it. I definitely wouldn't build a server for an environment with that many users. If downtime for more than a few hours isn't acceptable, then buy the server along with a support plan that meets your requirements.

A file server for 120 users doesn't need to be very powerful because the bottleneck will most likely be the LAN, even if you use two Gigabit interfaces. I would suggest a RAID0 for the boot drive and RAID 5 for the other two arrays.
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December 26, 2012 7:04:00 AM

I will solve problem about lan but i need some kind of hardware specification that will do the job for this number of users.

So i need just "hardware spec for that server" dont have problem for other @GhislainG.

Could you propose build some and brand name ?
Its not the problem if its rack or tower variant...
a c 82 G Storage
December 26, 2012 12:33:45 PM

You have to come up with clear requirements and then contact Hp, Dell and IBM for a proposal. You also need to know what your maximum budget is. Does the configuration need to include a backup solution (tape, external disks or remote backups)? What about the operating system? Do you already have a UPS?
December 26, 2012 5:09:59 PM

Are you a robot or a human ?
Do you have some hardware spec. that you could recommand or not ?
a c 82 G Storage
December 26, 2012 7:24:54 PM

If you're building, then those components should meet your requirements:

SUPERMICRO SYS-6026T-NTR+ 2U Rackmount Server

Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz (one is enough)

LSI MegaRAID LSI00295 (9266-8i SGL)

8 x Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0001 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SAS 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive (they are inexpensive). Use 2 in RAID 0 for the boot drive, 3 in RAID 5 for projects and 3 in RAID 5 for development Check what ECC memory (6GB per processor) is compatible, etc.

You'll need to add all required cables, a UPS, OS (Windows Server 2008 R2 or Linux) and a backup solution.

I don't recommend that you build such a server as you probably won't save enough money to justify it. You can get a similar system built and supported by Aberdeen:
a b G Storage
December 26, 2012 9:09:08 PM

Man I wish I could be as clueless as oktobar and still get paid to build a server!

I second what GhislainG said, you are much better off buying the system from some reputable vendor as they will have much better support than a single person will and by the looks of it will have much more experience with servers and server problems that you will.