We have about 40 pc's on a Dell server running windows 2003 server. The server has approximately 2 terabytes of storage via DAS. All the pc's are XP Pro.
I need to ramp up fast because of some upcoming jobs and we need to have in excess of 10 terabytes. This server would be used to load data on to it and then all of the computers on the network will process the data via our distributed processing software. Right now if we get a large amount of data we can only load it on in bits and then process before loading on the next piece. Also, we need to show the client that we have the capacity.
I need to make sure that whatever the solution is does not slow down the processing so the processing computers need to be able to access the data fast, process it, and then right it back to the server.
By the way, all computers are P4's with lots of memory and all have giganics running through gigaswitches.
Space is also a consideration, as is the price. I would love to get into to this for as little as possible but still get the storage and power.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.