Im after some advice about a client-server application thats taking too long to load on the client side.
We have a switch (admittedly not a very nice one) and cat-5 network cabling throughout the building. The server is new, just set up last thursday - its a Pentium 3 tualatin 1.4ghz with SCSI RAID 5, a 1000/100/10 Gigabit Server network card etc etc etc, running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition. The only application its hosting at the moment is a single Firebird database.
The database serves the client applications directly. Once the client has connected to the server the first time that session, the app runs smoothly & very fast. But to connect it takes about 30-40 sec. Ive watched network activity on both the server and a client at the same time and there is a spike in activity on both for a second or two then a long lapse of no activity followed at the end of the time by another burst for both.
My problem is people dont like sitting there waiting for the thing to load :/