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Multiprocessor file server versus a single processor file server.

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Is there any significant reason to  use a multiprocessor server over a single processor server when it is used as a file server, not an application server, both running Windows 2003 Server OS? Isn't file serving an I/O intensive rather than CPU intensive process anyway? Wouldn't it be better to apply the money towards purchasing a cluster if what you are primarily after is improved file storage/retrieval speed and get load balancing and fault tolerance as well. Thanks for your comments.
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I would agree.  There is no reason to have dual processors on a file server.  This is mostly good for applications servers, database servers, etc...A cluster would definitely be nice if you had the money...but not even necessary.  Normally file servers don't get killed too much...maybe dual NICS would be nice...as large file transfers can take a toll on the network card.  Other than that RAID5 and a good backup scheme should do.  However, if you can't live for a few hours or a day without the file server then maybe something like a cluster would be good.

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