GFI MailArchiver – Server Recommendation


I am currently trailing GFI MailArchiver and should it be successful I will be looking into what hardware I should purchase. Can anyone out there make a recommendation?

We have 150 mailboxes so I will be certainly using the 4 disk recommended option but I will have to surely implement RAID so that will be more. Then again how large should these disks be?  What I mean is, for the processor and the memory that is fine but for the actual sizes I am not sure what to go for, is it 10GB for the first drive or 40GB for the first drive. Is it 20GB for the second drive or 100GB for the second drive and so on and so on...

Would be delighted to hear what the rest of you have or would recommend

Thanks in advance!

Declan D

P.S – Also I would be delighted to hear about your experiences in using this product.
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Rick HobbsConnect With a Mentor RETIREDCommented:
I always use 40GB for the first drive and 8 or 9 times annual for the second or storage drive.  Depending upon your business, mail archives may need to be retained for up to 7 years (legal, medical to name a few)  and yearly expansion of usage should be planned for.  Drive space is pretty cheap right now, so it shouldn't be a problem.
deckydeeAuthor Commented:
In case you are wondering about mail volume, here is a monthly and yearly report

Date range : 1/02/2011 to 28/02/2011

Total (IN) Size      Total (IN) Emails      Total (OUT) Size      Total (OUT) Emails
7,17 GBytes      25900                       3,55 GBytes                 16451

Date range : 1/01/2010 to 31/12/2010

Total (IN) Size      Total (IN) Emails      Total (OUT) Size      Total (OUT) Emails
61,95 GBytes      260392                       34,74 GBytes                      290734
deckydeeAuthor Commented:
Hi Rick

Thanks for you assistance and advice!

We have already 332GB of PST files that we have to 'migrate' so that is already something.  We have now 150 employees, its impossible that we will go anything higher that 250 in the next 2-3 years (famous last words)

So, if we have 100GB per year mail and 332GB of PST files already, that would make in theory over the next 5 years roughly 1TB of mail archieve.  Now hard drives are cheap so purchasing a 2TB hard disk would not break the bank.  This would give us 1TB of space to grow should there be more employees in the future.

We could even go for a 3TB hard disk.

Now its a case of finding out what goes on what disks and I am already a step closer...that question of course is for GFOI

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