Server Purchase -- SSD vs regular hard drives ?

I am looking at getting a new
Windows 2012 R2 Dell PowerEdge
R630 server and am thinking about
SSD vs regular hard drives.

Looks like SSD is alot more expensive per

 1. Is that true ?
 2. If so, do I really need SSD for
    a plain 100 user "fileServer" ?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
My answer is no. For a plain 100 User file server there is no need in SSD drives. SSD drive is first of all the speed. But what you need is storage. So go on with server class HDDs.
And yes, SSD drives of the same capacity are more expensive that usual HDDs. That's true.
SSD is typically more expensive, but way faster. If you need the speed, which you probably don't for a 100 user file server, then the cost is usually worth it. And some applications like VDI virtual desktops demand as much iOPS as you can throw at it, but typically spinning disks on a smaller server in a less intense environment is adequate.
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
don't know what your capacity requirements are for space, but i would go with SAS drives in a RAID 6
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Maybe.  How much do your users use the storage?  Are they complaining of speed?  If so, have you examined your bandwidth?  What kinds of files are they accessing (large ones or small?)  You need to understand your network and users before you can answer that question.

Any are you virtualizing this or making it a direct hardware install (and if direct hardware, WHY? - You should be virtualizing EVERYTHING in my opinion unless there's a COMPELLING reason not).

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