Advice on new server purchase for SQL app, SCSI vs SAS? Which server to buy?
Posted on 2006-11-20
Ive been given a budget to buy the company some new servers *gasp*.........
So before they change their mind im trying to gauge the best i can get for the money.
I want to buy 6 new servers.
Heres a breakdown of what we need:
2 x Citrix servers - no more than 15 users at any one time.
1 x Domain Controller
1 x File/Print server
For these i was looking at the HP Proliant DL360 G4p, Xeon 2.8 with 2.0Mb cache, 2.0 Gb Memory, 3 x SAS 70Gb (Raid 5 giving 140Gb)
Now these two are where the main money will go, im looking to really beef these up if possible as these are the business critical servers that users sometimes complain theyre slow:
2 x SQL DB Server - approx 75 users
I was looking a the HP Proliant DL585 AMD Opteron 885 2.6Ghz, 1Mb cache, dual core, 8Gb Memory, 3 x SA 146Gb (Raid 5, or maybe 0+1?)
ie been looking around the net and got some conflicting info on these. My thoughts are:
Is it a good idea to replace the older Ultra 320 SCSI for the SAS drive setups? Is SAS better in terms of speed a reliability than Ultra SCSI?
Has anyone got these servers in these kind of environments? If so would you recommend them?
Has ayone got any better ideas on what i can do? Again ive only come to these servers just by looking around on the net, maybe theres better solutions than what ive suggested? Im sure there are more experienced server people out there who can suggest alternatives?