Hey guys, I've got a couple of questions that I'd like to get answered, they're all server related, so let's try and have some fun with this.
1) Do you use a server? If so, what are the stats and what do you use it for?
2) Imagine you had something like an old pc or laptop, would you use it as a simple home server?
3) Why do you think server grade parts are so much more expensive, compared to desktop grade parts?
4) IF you had multiple servers, would they be "PC shaped" (for a lack of a better word in my dictionary) or would you use a server cabinet?
5) Linux vs Microsoft vs anything else? Why?
6) Buying a server vs renting?
Anything else you can add from your personal experience with servers?
Thank you for your time.
answered Sep 23 '12 at 08:56
answered Sep 23 '12 at 09:34
1> I use older pc's over here and use them to work with Windows 2000 or 2003 server for learning purposes. But it will depends on the age of the machine itself being used as a server.Anywhere from a Pentium II 350 to a typical think centre pc with a 3ghz and several gigs of ram.
2> Like learning how to get a joomla CMS set up on a IIS. I do own an old Netserver LPR 2U unit which I got at a recycling center. any old computer can be used as a server depending on the age and if it can handle learge enough hard drives.
3> Definitely server grade parts or Military grade servers are the best. since they were meant to take the workload. I do not mind even if they are used servers paying that little extra more for them since I know they will handle the stress levels of the demand.
4> They can be either desktop.tower for the home use. Or rack mount it will all depend where I bought it. Perferred is usually a tower or desktop. But the exception of a 1U or a 2U rackmounts are okay.
5> That will depends on what is going to be needed to do with it. And the learning curve of myself or the client. Normally windows servers are fine Or linux like clear OS.
6> If I can get them from my local suplier and I need one for myself or for a client. Then I would usually prefer to buy them so they can be used directly there onsite or at home like what I have here.
answered Sep 23 '12 at 22:09
1) Yes im using one right now as im typing this, who does not use a server every day?
2) I have before
3) Because the parts are made better, faster, higher reliability, overall better parts
4) I think what you are getting at is are they towers or racks? Racks are expensive... and unless i needed a bunch of then together, i would go with towers
5) Depends on the application
6) Depends on the need and if i have time to fool with it.
answered Sep 24 '12 at 23:32
Okay, let's change up the subject a bit, let's say that I want to open up an image hosting service, what would it require vs a simple blog/email?
answered Sep 24 '12 at 08:38
Depends what your webhosting service runs off of. But depending how big you are aiming to get, you'd need a big CPU with decently big drives.
Software-wise, you'd need a webserver setup. Depending on how your file sharing app is coded, you'd need a database engine (MySQL/Microsoft SQL/PostgreSQL) and a coding framework (PHP/ASP.NET/CGI).
But I think that if you are really serious about this you'd need professional help.
answered Sep 24 '12 at 09:32