Need a suggestion/opinion server upgrade

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Can anyone suggest a good server. Currently have an old HP-ML110 with sbs 2003.

We are a small non profit group with currently 5 users but sometimes we can have up to 10 users working in the office because we often have interns.

We have roughly 150GB of files over 10 Shared folders.

I am thinking of using SBS 2011 essentials and migrating to google apps for email rather than using exchange. Also email is the most essential thing to us, we need something that will be up close to 100% of the time.  

Sometimes I do not have time to deal with some of the IT issues that come up because of my other responsibilities so I use the old consulting company that used to take care of the office(before I worked here they had a support contract with this company who in my opinion sold them a lot of services they did not need. I ended fixing most issues myself with the help of EE of course and I cancelled the support contract)

Due to lack of time for me to research this properly,
I had them give me a quote for a server and they suggested this box:
With the following upgrades
HP ML350 G6 Tower
CPU as specified
P410 RAID Controller w/ 256MB Cache
3x 300GB 15k RPM SAS Drives for 600GB total storage
2 total GB NIC Ports
Redundant Power and Fan
3YR NBD On-Site Parts & Labor Warranty from HP

Total cost with labor (assuming I do not set it up myself) a little over 5 grand.

So my question is, what do you all think? Is this more than we need for such a small office?

I am trying to keep things as simple as possible. If the organization does grow in the next couple of years I can't imagine we will have more that 4 extra employees or so.

Please let me know your opinions/suggestions.

Thank You
Question by:lgg733
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    So essentially, you need a file server?  Sounds like you run all your apps on workstations.  If you're moving exchange to Google apps... All you really need is enough disk space.

    A simple box with *mirrored* disk and a decent backup solution is all you really need.

    For the price they quoted, are they doing your email migration as well?
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    I think he quoted for email migration from the old SBS to the new.

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    But yes pretty much all we need is a file server and possible remote desktop.
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    Well if they're including the email migration in there, then $5K for all hardware and labor isn't too bad.

    I would still make sure that you have mirrored disk on your end.  It costs a little more up front, but you'll get it all back when your fist disk drive fails and you don't have to spend hours restoring data.  The server is probably more than you need, but the overall price for the services is pretty reasonable.

    Just make sure that there is a percentage cap on overrun.
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