Buy new server - suggestions needed

By RandomGuy1 · 4 replies
Sep 28, 2013
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  1. Hello,

    Where I work we need a need new server. I am not really a expert in hardware so I hope you can give me a little help choosing a fitting server, I will use a template with answers to help you understand what's needed:

    1) What is the available budget?
    Up to 2500€ (3380 USD, 2094 GBP).

    2) Which tasks will the server execute?
    GPS analyses which is pure heavy computing. The amount of reading and writing to the disc is moderate. Internet traffic is low.

    3) There is any preferred brand or there is any that is out of question?
    Any reasonable brand.

    5) Does the size of the server matters?
    Should be a standard rack.

    6) There are any specific requirements (interfaces, storage etc)?
    - 8 cores (1x8 [preferable] or 2x4)
    - 16 G byte memory
    - 4 Tera byte disc
    - fast CPU

    I hope somebody can help me with some suggestions.
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

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  3. RandomGuy1

    RandomGuy1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi! Thanks for the reply and suggestion.

    One question though. I need to buy the hard drives separately right? What hard drivers would I need to buy for this server to get the 4 Terabytes?

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    Suggest that multiple HDs would be preferable to a single 4tb drive for both performance and backup reasons.

    careful planning would then isolate the OS to one, users to another, possibly one used exclusively for paging, and one or more for the data files.

    NAS and SAS solutions are flexible, but nothing out performs directly attached drives.
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  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    You'll want a 2RU unit. Get at least two SAS drives. Think about RAID and tape backups.

    Are you sure 16GB RAM is enough for you?

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