New server, bang for buck!
Posted on 2010-01-05
First of all thanks for clicking on my question, I'd really appreciate it if you would help me by giving me advice.
To give your an image of where we need a server / network for:
* Maximizer CRM software (3 very active clients)
* QuoteWerks software (3 clients)
* Microsoft Exchange (6 very active clients)
* 2 x AXIS network cameras (~1-2 viewers)
* Financial software (1 client)
* 2 x QNAP
Now I'd probably think you'd start with a lightweight server built for small business, the problem is that we have a server at the moment that is built for small business. The current specifications are:
* Gigabit network (everything is gigabit, switches, clients, server and so on)
* Xeon 3050 2.13 GHz
* 4 GB Kingston RAM
We're constant having trouble with slow network (Q6600 + 4 GB client / E7400 + 2 GB client / E8600 + 4 GB client .. there's no slow hardware anywhere). This is probably because our server runs out of memory and the harddisks are being used as swap memory. After 2 weeks the memory goes above 4 GB until it becomes unusable, the clients become very slow, RDP refuses to work. The only solution is rebooting the server, which I do not accept as a solution.
You might say, why don't you upgrade the server memory? The motherboard* aswell as the installation (OS) is limited to 4 GB of memory.
* As far as I know
Now we have the following question, would you say the problem includes both network and server, only server or only network?
We have come to the following conclusions:
* Could it be the network?
* 10 Gbit is out of our leak and should not be necessary!
* Once we reboot the server, everything is very fast.
* In 1-2 weeks, we run out of memory on the server (nothing special, SQL for example for the CRM)
* The clients are powerfull enough
About the network, to be honest, we're not quite sure.
We decided first all to build a new server, based on these specifications:
* ASUS P6T SE
* Intel Core i7 860
* 3 x 4 GB (12 GB) Kingston memory
* RAID 5 with 4 Western Digital 24/7 HDD's
* Gigabit network card(s)
* RAID Controller
Now we know this is not server hardware, but we've used ASUS motherboards everywhere, they run perfectly 24/7, spending our money on quality hardware instead of server hardware we can get way more memory and speed for less money, we trust the system will definately be stable enough. All the computers we build for customers are rock solid and almost never return with failure.
So, should we build a new server that way? Questions? Idea? You're more than welcome!
Thanks for reading!