Knowledgebase: FAQ
What Kind of Server Should I Buy?
Posted by Victor Goodman on 29 November 2010 09:25 PM
That depends entirely on your application. If you're running a relatively basic, low-traffic website or application, most entry level servers will suffice. If you intend to run virtual machines, we recommend the use of servers with at least 8 GB of memory, and fast Serial Attached SCSI (rather than the consumer standard Serial ATA) disk drives, or a separate Storage Area Network or Network Attached Storage appliance with redundant controllers. For running a large database, we recommend the use of servers with at least 8 GB of memory, and potentially more, depending on the size of your application, and large numbers of fast Serial Attached SCSI disk drives. Regardless of your application, and the servers you need, you should pay attention to the physical size of servers, and the power they consume. We recommend that you buy rackmount-optimized servers, as these fit into our racks more securely and use the rackspace more efficiently than towers. We also very strongly recommend that you purchase servers with facilities for remote management, in the form of an IPMI card for Supermicro servers, a DRAC card for Dell servers, or a fully licensed iLO or RSA card for HP and IBM servers (Remote management is standard on most Sun Microsystems and all Cisco Systems UCS servers). Remote management allows you to access the console of your server (the keyboard, monitor and mouse) from a web interface, power the server on and off, view system logs (for system temperature and other key diagnostic information), and in most cases, to reinstall the operating system remotely; this functionality is extremely helpful when managing servers installed in an offsite datacenter such as our facility.
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