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Hardware recommendations for SQL Server 2005

Discussion in 'SQL Server 2005 Clustering' started by backpedal, May 27, 2008.

  1. backpedal New Member

    Hi everyone. I'm looking for some hardware recommendations for a SQL Server 2005 installation. I'd appreciate as much help / recommendations as possible and I'll try to give you as much information as I can. I'm happy to use HP or IBM kit.
    Option 1: A SQL Server 2005 instance that can support a small / medium size business. It would be used to host a retail EPOS application and initially have 20 UK shops transmitting information to it in real time. (dont worry about the network links). The number of shops will increase to 50 within the next 2 years. The amount of storage initially should be more than enough at 500GB but the ability to add additional storage at a later time and processing power would be ideal. The SQL box will also be used for reporting by 20 users. Ideally with LTO backup device.
    Option 2: Same as option 1 but a high availability cluster so that if we loose 1 SQL server the business can still function.
    Can anyone please advise.
  2. satya Moderator

  3. alent1234 New Member

    check out HP Proliant servers and the MSA 60 storage with the P800 RAID controller
    for the MSA 60 you can buy SATA or SAS drives and with one P800 you can run around 8 MSA 60 storages piggybacked to each other
    total storage will be around 12TB per MSA 60 with RAID 0

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