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Old 09-04-2003, 07:34 PM   #1
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What makes a good file server?

I bought a Playstation 2 with hopes of making it a server, but it's only got 32 MB of ram and I think it would be best suited for a CGI/database server. Now I'm looking for a good fileserver that will send really big files across the network.

How fast does a fileserver have to be? Would it need a slow, yet powerful processor to get the data out the door, or would the processor have to be both fast and powerful?


--- And another thing:

How much ram is enough. Older computers can only hold so much. Is 256 MB enough?

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Old 09-04-2003, 08:16 PM   #2
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Depends totally on your own situation, but I've recently replaced my mp3/file server.

It used to be a P1 233 / 128MB Ram. Never missed a beat. Average file size was 5 megs, and cranked out music to me and a few other people all day.

Now it's a P3 1G / 256MB Ram. Only reason I upgraded it was playing around with the new Novell Linux stuff wonked about the 128 megs.

For just files, any 5 year old PC should do just fine.
Old 09-05-2003, 12:10 AM   #3
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We have a linux file server running with the following config which supports abt 15 users

celeron 500
128 mb ram
100 mbps network

this will give you an idea
Old 09-05-2003, 12:54 AM   #4
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Just one IDE hard drive can easily output more than 100 megabit network. Though I go with SCSI for a file server because they have the lowest total (hard drive and controller interface) latency.

A 80386 can easily be used as a file server.


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