We have the opportunity to purchase and install a new rack mount server for one of our clients.
Previously we have either built them ourselves in the days of SBS2003 or inherited them and perhaps re-installed poor OS's - but we have been given the opportunity and budget to purchase a new Rack Mount Server and wanted to know the following:
What do people feel would be an ideal rack mount server (Dell, HP etc.) to purchase for and environment of around 40 users - emailing, remote access - file storage, printing and that's about it (AV management will probably be on a separate server).
I know it has to be SBS 2011 Standard and we may well need the SQL add-on, but I wanted a server with plenty of Grunt - Maxed out at 32gb Ram and that runs swiftly and will last.
We have a client who invested over £12,000 ($18000) on a Dell Rack server for 30 clients doing the same thing and I swear our rack server costing £2200 ($3300) with a quad core (8 threads), 32gb ram serving 15 clients is a damn sight quicker!
I am looking at these rack's from Dell and we DO know our stuff, but they pretty much all look the same except for the obvious differences and yet they can start from around £1800 ($2700) up to £4000 ($6000) for what we need - and while I feel the cheaper end of the range looks good with a 6 core Xeon CPU and 8gb Ram (Ok - Need to pay more to up the ram) - I am not sure why I would pay £4000 ($6000).
Could someone please give us some advise on the sort of budget we should be spending based on the above criteria.
PS. - SQL would be used on a separate TS server for Sage and Bar Code applications so would not impact the needs of the SBS2011 server.
Thank you all