Advice, Mid-size Business Server

  Whaty 11:05 09 May 06

I work for a mid-sized company employing 60 people. We will be moving into brand new premises in a couple of months time and we need to decide on and buy a new server to support the business.

I guess I'm looking for any advice... or, for someone to point us in the right direction so that we can do some research ourselves.

Do we go for a 'rack' type server or a PC case style? What features do we need to consider? Are there any web sites that give good, solid advice on this subject?

I would be very grateful for any advice recieved.


  rmcqua 11:31 09 May 06

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  rmcqua 11:32 09 May 06

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  Whaty 17:33 10 May 06


Thanks for the reply. I guess I need to know WHAT we need. For example, do we need one or two servers, do we need a UPS, is it advisable to put cooling fans in the cabinet, how many, what's the best way to configure it all.

Is there any internet reference, or anywhere I can go to get this sort of information, is there anywhere that advises on building a small/mid-sized business network, what components are required, how to set them up, etc. etc.


  Whaty 10:40 11 May 06

Can anyone offer me some advice or just point me in the right direction?


  Jamb0 17:16 11 May 06

If you do not think the company will be growing significantly over the next few years, you could do worse than install MS 2000 Small Business Server. It comes with 5 seats (so you will need to buy more), ISA Server, Exchange Server and SQL Server. This gives your company controlled e-mail and web. Whilst you don't have to have a firewall, I would get a hardware one or a router. If you are going to have more than 16 people on this network, you must check out patch panels. If you expect the company to grow to over 100 users, I would think about an Enterprise Edition of MS Server.
You don't mention what type of company you work for. Some of the decisions that you must make, depend on things such as the level of e-commerce you do, are there numerous sites that must be connected. You may very well have to consider multiple servers for e-mails/databases etc. Don't scrimp on the quality of your back up device. Write a disaster recovery plan (that will work)
I know its an obvious one but in a server you can't have too much RAM.
I could give you a better answer if you could describe in a lot more detail what you expect your new system to do and where you think the company will be going in the next five years. However, this is one of the reasons to bring in a consultant for these projects. Have you factored in for maintenance in your costs, cos if you've had to ask your original question then there is probably nobody in the company who can get you up and running if you have a crash.

  rmcqua 20:50 11 May 06

You need some expert advice for a project this size.

  Whaty 09:15 12 May 06

Thanks Jamb0, and rmcqua....

I totally agree that we need to get some expert advice but it would be nice to have a bit of a clue as to what we want, need, are talking about!

Thanks again for your response.


  Mike D 11:01 12 May 06

Our local Business Link had some IT specialist advisors. Might be wortha try.


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