Hello, I'm looking to leverage someone's experience on some upcoming hardware purchases I have to make mainly in the server area.
I have been given the challenge to build a highly available infrastructure that is VERY secure and redundant, this will be a new build which will include Firewall purchases as well . The complete infrastructure setup needs to be scalable to start as the user count to start is only about 100 web based users which will turn into 1500 to 2000 users very quickly.
The database backend will be SQL2005 and the primary application which will feed the users over the web is very photo intensive and will need allot of storage 1terabyte ++. The OS will be Server 2003.
I was thinking of going with a two server setup to start (application server, SQL Server). I will not discuss what I've been looking at for servers as I'm looking for new ideas.
Does anyone have any suggestions on best practices and servers for my needs ?