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Network storage and application server for small business

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In a small we business we have an Intelbased Linux server which is now getting old (5 Yeears) and need to be replaced or upgraded. It is currently used as

- DNS Server
- Domain Controller for a Windows Domain (Samba 2.2.3), ca. 10 boxes
- Workgroup Storage (net ~ 10 GB, increasing)
- SPAM Filtering
- Email Gateway (Fetchmail / Exim)
- a few self programmed but business applications, mostly in perl

the apllications are business critical but not time critical.

The replacement shall

1. Take care of the listed tasks above
2. Raid Storage (Level 1 or 5)
3. daily backups with up to 30 generations ( No Tapes!)
4. weekly backup to a removable device, preferably some kind of detachable USB or FireWire Hardidsik storage

I am thinking of either

a) Upgrading and replacing parts the existsing Hardware
b) Buy a new server
c) Buy some storage++ appliance
d) combining c) with an easy to replace, cheap application server

The "application server" I'm thinking of in c) could be a dieskless pc workstation which is lying around. In case of a hardware crash, this should be replaceable with som other off-the-shelf hardware within a day or two.

And, of course, it may not cost too much, I'm budgeting with about $ 1,500

Any suggestions?


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