In the next few months Ill be starting up an IT related business, and require some guidance as the following issues:
* What server to purchase
* Need to know: Specifications (Processing power, RAM), price
* Must be: Rack mountable.
* Will the server be reliable/able to handle the load?
At this point we are thinking of one sole sever that will act as a web server, database server, flash media server. Multiple servers would be nice, but our pockets are not endless.
The server will be running the following software:
* Windows 2003 Small Business Sever
* Microsoft ISA (firewall)
* IIS web server running an asp.net site
* Flash Media Sever 2
* Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
Majority of web requests will utilise use an asp.net page to retrieve information in database, and stream media back to the client. How many of these simultaneous requests will our server be able to handle? 200 - 1000 simultaneous requests are what we currently need.
Please feel free to give any comments on my setup. If there are any limitations/tips/tricks which will affect my servers reliability/performance please comment.
For 2 years Ive been working with a server of the above software specifications (Except Flash Media Server 2), and Ive found that SQL Server really chews up memory, and Ive heard rumours ASP.NET sites may do the same. Sometimes we have difficulty connecting via VPN/remote desktop, though a reboot of IIS/MS SQL fixes this. Is this common? Is there any way to prevent such issues?
Maximum uptime and reliability are of highest priority. The server will be housed remotely, I require VPN/Remote desktop to be solidly reliable.
Looking forward to all comments.