|We have a small network...about 7 workstations...peer to peer.|
Recently, we purchased a newer computer and decided to designate that as the "server" and to NOT use it as a workstation at all...just so it can have the least chance of complications.
It has an i5 / 3.1ghz processor and 8GB of ram. It is an Optiplex workstation .....not officially from the Server product line.
Since it is not consider "server" hardware.....we were wondering if we should get a different controller card for the hard drive (rather than use the embedded one).
Would this be a good idea? We would like to avoid a bottleneck when several workstations were hitting it at the same time (it does have Gigabit Ethernet...and we are using a gigabit switch).
If so.....does anyone have any suggestions for a brand / make of card that would not be too expensive?
This computer just has 1 drive, so it would not have to be a RAID controller. It seems like when I do some initial looking around for server controllers, they are always RAID controllers, and expensive ($200 and up).
We don't need the fastest...we were just hoping to reduce any bottlenecks that a workstation-made-server's stock embedded controller may present.
Thanks very much
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