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Posted on 2014-03-10
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Hi,

I know this question might be too broad, if EE could shed some light, that would be great.

We have a potential client that will have over million records with about 200 fields of data, and each record has thousands of comments associate to that record.  What they need us to do is load them in and do some data analysis.  My boss asked me to come up with a server quote.  Our hardware 99% are from Lenovo, so I will stay with them.

Here is what I am thinking so far:
0. ThinkServer RD640
1. CPU : need help from EE
2. 16G RAM
3. RAID 5
4. OS: Win 2012 STD (we have 2008 domain controller, does it matter?)
5. SQL server STD 2012


Please let me know. thx
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it's difficult to quote if you don't really the requirments ...
with 1 server, you don't have any real backup/redundancy, but let's keep that apart.
CPU: the more, the better, normally. I would rather start with a 4-CPU box.
likewise with  RAM, 16GB ram for a server where you want to do data analysis is just too low, typically, especially as this would not be a domain member, but a domain controller/sbs server.

the number of records and fields alone is not "key", but you need the average row size.
also, what is this "data analsiys about, I presume some denormalized and/or aggregated data, so you need to know a bit about what/how data needs to be crunched.
also, will data be added? or just fully reloaded each time?
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by:mcrmg
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it's difficult to quote if you don't really the requirments ...
>>I know, sorry about that, that's the basic info I have, so is my boss

CPU: the more, the better, normally. I would rather start with a 4-CPU box.
>>It looks like Lenovo ThinkServer RD640 does not support 4 CPU (maybe I was wrong)

will data be added? or just fully reloaded each time
>> The data will be loaded once, and once only, there is no monthly data after that

typically, especially as this would not be a domain member, but a domain controller/sbs server.
>>Is it possible that you could explain more on this?

thank you
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if this is for a one-shot, you might consider renting a machine in the cloud out there instead of setting up a full-blown one on your site ...
or, if this is a kind of tasks your company wants to do regulary, you might want to invest in a VMware solution ...

anyhow, if your rack/server specs allows for 1-CPU models only, it shall also work. if the time is not "crucial", you can just go ahead.

domain controllers (and sbs =small business solution servers are a special "All-In-One" server) need to be really powerful, but this is not your situation, as I understand.
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thank you very much..
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