I am currently running sql server on a hyper v machine. I was thinking of buying a refurb server to increase the speed. I was thinking I could get something cheap that would work pretty well. Can someone please give me advice on what I could get? I really am not a hardware guy, just a dev. I want to be able to throw in a lot of memory, large hard drives (that I already have) and that is pretty much it.
Also, can you get a blade server without a rack? Would a cheap rack be worth it? It is basically for development and testing. I am writing a program to analyze stock trades, so there is a ton of data to churn through.