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Old 08-25-2010, 10:11 AM   #1
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Good Tutorials to learn about Server Hardware

Dear All,

I want to understand Server Hardware better. Like which hardware to choose for mail server/Oracle database server/SAP applications/VMware ESXi and many other heavy applications.

I also want to understand various server hardware components.

Any good tutorials available for this on net ?
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That's a tall order, as server hardware is a bit different from PC hardware, primarily because much of it is in place for years and/or decades. While it might be interesting to follow the latest and greatest evolutions in hardware, as a practical matter, it's often better to focus on server hardware a couple years old.

Also, 'server hardware' runs the gamut from home servers to enterprise servers, to purpose-built servers to one-off custom servers, this is an area where knowing the general concepts is probably more important than knowing a particular piece of hardware...unless you have a particular piece of hardware in which case it's easy enough to dig up information on that particular application.

I know this isn't terribly helpful, but it's important to keep in mind that some (mostly government backup) servers still use vacuum tubes...because vacuum tubes are completely invulnerable to EMP (electromagnetic pulse).

In other words, if you really want a comprehensive understanding of server hardware, you pretty much have to pick something, and expand outward from there...unless you're talking about servers that are essentially high-powered PCs.
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You've got to understand the basics of hardware first; which are common to PC's and servers. Thereafter you need to assess what your application requires. For example, Oracle is heavy on memory and disks as well, but the exact details differ based on your database configuration.

Once you have an idea of the resources required by your application; you pretty much research what is out there and pick something. Thereafter you need to read manuals and whitepapers on that hardware series in order to get a deeper understanding of how that hardware operates.
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Thanks to all for your inputs.

Any other advices are also welcome.


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