I’m about to purcahse servers for my software start-up (providing specialized SaaS CRM – i.e. we’re hosting other organization’s data) and since this is a good bit a change from my pocket, I’d like to survey this group. I’m purposefully wording the questions to obfuscate my opinion.
Any preferences on DELL rack servers? Servers to avoid? Any experience with the DELL R610?
Do you use SATA, SAS 7.2K RPM, SAS 10K RPM, or SAS 15K RPM drives?
If you’re using the new superfast SSD drive would you still RAID the drives?
Assuming all stored procedures and a normalized database with a nice new Quad core Xeon X5500 and pleanty of RAM, about how many concurrent users would you guess it would support?
Do you use NICs with TOE on your database servers?
Do you use redundant power supplies on your database servers?
What method of failover server do you prefer, log shipping or database mirroring? (assume that Clustering is out of the question)
many thanks in advance...
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Paul Nielsen believes SQL is the romance language of data. As such he’s a hands-on database developer, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, trainer, and author of SQL Server Bible series (Wiley). As a data architect, he developed the concepts of Smart Database Design and Nordic – an open source O/R dbms for SQL Server. He lives in Colorado Springs.