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Hi,

I was wondering if EEs could help me with specs for a server that we are trying to get.

We will put over at least 20000 of pdf on this server, 50 users will access this server locally.  Each pdf in average is about 15MB.  We might use indexing on this server as well.  thx
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Hello!

Given that you have to do a lot of storage you should get at least 1TB or 2TB of disk space and because people will stress the server downloading something in the range of 3-4GB of RAM, a dual core proccesor is a must.

Good luck!
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When you say 50 people will access locally.... what sort of usage is the server for? Just as a file server for the pdfs? If so, then the only conderation, as andreizz said is making sure you have space for growth. The current use of 300 gb of data would also have to consider future growth.
   After you determine growth if any, then determine rate of growth.  If no growth, then the 1tb drives would probably be sufficient.  
   The dual processor should help the load of that many people accessing the server.
   If this is just a file server for the pdf's,  you next need to determine what sort of redundancy you will need. Again if only a file server as you implied, then striping the drives would give you redundancy.  You could get buy with 2 one TB drives using a raid 1 setup.  Or you might go to 3 or even 4 drives and a raid 5 setup.  For a better explanation of raid see this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levels
   If the server is to be used for more than file server, such as the DC for your domain, or any other operation which might require a little more configuring, please be specific in the use and I'll do my best to help you out.
   Ram isn't a major consideration for a file server, and 4gb should probably fit the bill. If you will be doing any sort of program operations, or virtualization, that would need to be upped.
   If you can be a little more specific on the usage, I can get more specific on specs.
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We have a web app hosted in our data center, end users will login and select pdf and view, then key in to web app of whatever displayed on pdf , this is not an issue since data center has nothing but the bandwidth.  We want to setup a fullfillment center.  Bandwidth will become an issue with 50 people and pdf sized in 15-20mb.

Since we have local copy of what data center has, I am thinking to have web traffic goes to data center but serves up pdf locally.

I am thinking to have a
1. RAID 5 (1T X 4 = 3T)
2. MIRROR OS (500G X 2)
3. RAM (8 - 16G)

I am thinking to have a special network card that can combine 4 cables into one that will boost up the speed.  Do you think this is fine?  thanks
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It's more than fine, if you want to optimize/boost the speed consider some load balancing solutions, and also install apps like munin for performance monitoring.

http://munin-monitoring.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Load_balancing_%28computing%29
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Here is my challenges, if I go to dell, there are so many different servers, which one should I start and customize it?  thx
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I don't normally buy dell, but I think the  PowerEdge T410 Tower Server is the starting point for dual processors. That should be listed under servers/tower servers
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Which brand would you suggest?  thanks
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IBM is pretty solid, hasn't dissapointed me.
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ok, can you point me to the model to start with?  (never bought one from them before)  thanks
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I would second the IBM recommendation.  You can use their system advisor tool:  http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/express/sat/en_us/index.html
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