Currently our network is comprised of:
Dell 2950 Server (Hard Drives are in a Signal RAID 5 array. It is broken up into 3 partitions (one system, one exchange, and one "CAD files") - I realize this is not the ideal situation, but budget limited this at the time.
- The server (Our Domain Controller - Windows 2003 SBS R2) is running: (it is connected to a dell 24 port 1000/100/10 switch through a single 1000/100/10 NIC with CAT 6 Ethernet cabling)
AND sharing all the CAD files
- All computers are connected to the switch with 1000/100/10 NIC's and CAT 6 Ethernet.
I would like to get the best performance possible (models can be hundreds of megabytes) without going to something like fiber optic cabling. I am wondering if I would notice a huge performance gain if I were to purchase another server dedicated solely to sharing the CAD files? I am not stuck on another server, It just something that came to mind, any advice would be greatly appreciated.