desktop or workstation

Hewlett-packard Business desktop 6000 60...
August 17, 2010 at 05:33:45
Specs: Windows 7
I intend to start product development on my own and will be running an app server, a database and client-server applications on a single machine. Need to know whether I will have to go for a workstation for this kind of software development or will a high end business PC suffice?

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August 20, 2010 at 10:13:38
my first thought is that "workstation" and "business PC" are just marketing buzzwords: they don't actually correlate to hardware OR software specifications.

also, i'd verify that your software with the client-server app can be used in the way you're describing: We have some applications with a server back end, but the client portion can't actually run on the same OS instance as the server. Does the server portion run in a Win7 environment, or does it require Server 03/08? Does the client run on a server OS, or does it require WinXP/Vista/7?

so long as you know your software can be configured in the way you're describing, you just need to consider Operating System (Win7? Server 08?) and Hardware (CPU GHz, RAM, etc).

Database applications require a lot of processing power, so you'll want a high-powered CPU, possibly multi-core. Since you'll be running many things at the same time, you'll want a lot of RAM (i'm thinking 4GB MINIMUM). Unless your product development involves some kind of graphics, you won't need to splurge on a high-end graphics card, but some kind of add-in card will help to take processing load off the CPU, instead of "integrated/onboard graphics."

hope this helps!

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August 20, 2010 at 18:40:18
Thanks a ton for your reply. Yes the client and server apps can both run in a windows 7 environment. So I think I can go ahead with the desktop configuration that I have in mind. 8GB RAM, core 2 duo processor, minimum 320 HDD. will so some more research on add-in cards.

Thanks again !

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