Hi Friends i am in the process of identifying server for a small "web development firm" and would like to get some input on how to go about it. I need help on selecting a server that best suits the firm and their needs for present and to an extend at least 3-5yrs from now. And i am especially looking for HP servers or IBM no DELL but i am open to other servers manufactures too if they are good. I have bad experience with DELL thats why also i feel HP and IBM are more experienced in server manufacturing if not less than DELL.
Server Type - Tower
Firms work profile - This firm develops web application in different platform ASP / SQL / Apache they also use XAMPP to host site/application for clients to view and decide[provide feedback] so it can be improved as requested by them. Also they need Redhat as they are in coming month going to explore some new business possibilities may be we can use visualization ?
Storage - Firm needs huge storage as they are going to store client information and all applications developed for various clients including database and other critical assets related to management. Whats main difference between SATA and SCSI
Backup - Firm will backup their assets every week to an external HDD and and periodically to physical media[cd/dvd] for critical datas. What i want to know is how about implementing RAID[mirror] which is best s/w or h/w ?
OS : Windows server 2012
Load - There will be at-least 4-5 website or applications that will be running on server at any given time with maximum of 10-15 users logging in each site or application hosted that adds to minimum of maximum of 75 users accessing server HDD requesting various applications.
- Firm has close to 100 users and will grow in coming years every user must be given domain login / Users must be divided into groups per team with separate user rights and policy guiding them
- In coming months we plan to implement Proxy server and [Mail server or File server]
I put as much that came to my mind guys if i missed some please do ask and i dont expect you to answer all the points i am happy even if i of the point i posted is answered And sorry for making it long thanks for helping everyone.
And for the record by coming week we must get the server.