FOR TEST PURPOSES WHEN NEEDED: Let us use a 90+ computer, 4 Network server (W2k & Novell), DSL internet access, T1 Wan access to other Corporation facilities (600 or so) with comparable or lesser equipment. Centralized MIS department. Extreme by most standards. Let's face it: the more, the MORE complicated it gets.
Hype 1: I have to have Cisco equipment...
The most important sought out information by employees is "What is Joe Blow's salary?" If this is so important then...Hype 3: We need the biggest, badest, fastest server money can buy.
USE NOVELL end of discussion.
If you are 24 hour, 366 day per year mission critical... maybe. I do mean maybe! IF your server is down one hour and you lose money, lots of money then NOVELL mirrored server and that's all folks.Hype 4: Pentium 4 Servers are faster...
As for biggest: In 99% of all servers in all instances less than 6 gigabyte of information is shared by departments and users. All archive is done with tape backup or some other means of backup.
As for the badest: The top of the line HP server without extra hardrives or software is $7000. 99% of all the facilities in the world could use one we build for about $1800.
As far as speed goes: It is almost always better to upgrade workstations not servers! But it is your money we can upgrade your server too.
Pentium 4 server are the slowest servers made in the pass 3 years. An AMD K6 400 MHz is faster that a P4 server if you have the same amount of memory and same hardrive(s) or raid system.
AMD Duals Opterons are probably overall the fastest server. Dual Xenon next.
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