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Re: Advice on hardware server to use for small a dedicated data center

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On Friday, June 26, 2020 12:34 PM, echo test <echotest09@gmail.com> wrote:

> Then, I want to build a small data center for my company for hosting a web app and a mail server. It's the first time I'm going to buy some hardware for this. I tried looking for it on the web in order to compare them but it seems that hardware vendors never want to talk about Debian on their websites.

Well, this might be heresy, but at that size, consider a Raspberry Pi running Raspian (Debian (sorta) recompiled for its CPU -- questions are accepted on this list).

I'm on a T1, and I've been running them as Internet servers for almost a decade (replaced a genuine server). I suspect you could do RAID with a couple USB drives, and you could get the Ethernet ports you're looking for with a 4-hole switch.

I use a 3+ because I want to give the 4 a couple years to get its hardware and software debugged. The disadvantage of the 3+ is the 100M Ethernet speed (the 4 claims 1G, but I doubt it). Check the speed of your 'Net connection. 100M is plenty fast for most installations.

Keep a spare on hand, ready to replace the server when #1 dies. But I've been using them for years, on a good UPS, with no probs at all.

Glenn English

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