I'm an IT student currently in the middle of a project for a course. In this project I need to provide a small architect firm with a network proposal.
Because I have not had any experience recommending servers before, I am currently a little stuck on finding a server that won't blow the budget and will contain the components I think the server will need. I am hoping to get some guidance and advice from those with more experience doing this sort of thing.
This is a list of the services the server will provide:
- Domain Controller
- Print server
- File server
There will be 9 client computers (4 x PC's, 3 x Workstations, 2 x Laptops) added to the domain, and there will initially be 6 users, expanding to 10 over time. The server will obviously need to allow for expansion over time, and also be as reliable as possible.
I will not be buying a server with an OS already installed as I'm going to volume license the network.
Here is a list of the main components I think the server will need (roughly):
- Intel Xeon Processor E3-1226 v3 (8M Cache, 3.3GHz), Intel HD Graphics P4600
- 1 x 8GB (1600MHz, ECC, UDIMM)
- 2 x 2TB 3.5” SATA HDDs (7200RPM)
- Redundant Power Supply
- RAID controller
- 2 x Single Port Gigabit NICs (redundancy)
I have put together a server on Dell's website with the options that were most suitable (keeping the above components list in mind). The quote they gave me seemed quite expensive, so I'm wondering if I could get those components in a server for a cheaper price, or maybe find a better solution that is cheaper and still effective?
This is what I put together on Dell's website and the price they gave me:
Base – PowerEdge T330 Server, TPM 1.2 FIPS, Common Criteria, Trusted Computing Group
Chassis – Configuration Chassis with up to 8, 3.5" Hot Plug Hard Drives, Tower Configuration
Processor – Intel® Xeon® E3-1220 v5 3.0GHz, 8M cache, 4C/4T, turbo (80W)
Memory DIMM Type and Speed – 2133MT/s UDIMMs
Memory Configuration Type – Performance Optimized
Memory Capacity – 8GB UDIMM, 2133MT/s, ECC
RAID Configuration – C8: RAID 1, H330/H730 for SAS/SATA
RAID Controller – PERC H330 RAID Controller
Hard Drives – 2 x 1TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gbps 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive
Embedded Systems Management – iDRAC8, Enterprise with OpenManage Essentials,Server ConfigMgmt
Additional Network Cards – Broadcom 5720 DP 1Gb Network Interface Card
Additional Network Cards – On-Board LOM 1GBE Dual Port (BCM5720 GbE LOM)
Power Supply – Dual, Hot-plug, Redundant Power Supply (1+1), 495W
Power Management BIOS Settings – Power Saving BIOS Setting
Advanced System Configurations – UEFI BIOS Setting
Operating System – None
Dell Services – Hardware Support 3Yr ProSupport: Next Business Day Onsite Service
Rack Rails – Casters for PowerEdge Tower Chassis
Internal Optical Drive – DVD+/-RW, SATA, Internal
Keyboard – Dell™ KB212-B USB Entry Business Keyboard (English)
Mouse – Dell MS111 USB Optical Mouse
Total Cost: $3916
I hope I have given enough information, if I haven't let me know. Any help would be greatly appreciated
Edited by marcg1910, 14 March 2016 - 10:19 PM.