I need some advice regarding what hardware to buy for a client.
looking to get a 2012 server standard with SQL server standard. Single server to do all the work.
15-20 users on a 1GB network.
5GB database ( growing around 0.5gb a year)
400 GB file server ( growing about the same)
Exchange to be moved to cloud. ( N/A)
My main focus as I read its the most important is drive array speed and type.
I read that I should have a raid 10 for the DB but as the server also serves files I am not sure what else I should buy. I feel I need a mirror for the file server, raid 10 for the db but not sure about the transaction file what to do there. and what raid controllers you would recommend.
Customer doesn't have the budget for SAN ( I don't think) .
what's everyone's feelings on server grade SSD's for this , bad idea? lifespan?
Also the amount of RAM and XEON type best for the job.
NIC's how many , should I team them ? which way?
Any brand like HP or dell models and a hash out of drive types and raid controllers would be super.
budget is about $5000- $7000