Yeah, wrong address... :)
Lindsay Druett wrote:
Even though I am writing from my work email address, this
corespondance will probably carry on from my private email address as
it is to do with my hosting services, so I may correspond from
Can you please give a detail on the high level view of the IBM server
range, ie. pSeries, xSeries, zSieries and so on and which path I
should follow (and why).
Details with the hosting requirements.
Currently, I have built up a single P4 (3 GHz) which is a SuperMicro
and has 2x 200 GB SATA HDDs, 2 Gigs of RAM and so on. I went down the
SuperMicro path purely because it was seen as the cheapest solution
since the whole project is a start up and I didn't want to throw huge
capital into this project until I have a solid customer base and tread
the waters carefully as so to speak.
The OS path is Debian Linux, and other than dabbling with FreeBSD, I
can see it remaining this way. I am open to other major distros if
support is a question. For the current situation, the SuperMicro
solution (from the server specifications point of view) has proven
more than adequate.
For future requirements, web/mail/dns servers will always me the
front-end servers, and power usage, rack space usage, will always be a
major consideration size those applications are not resource hungry.
Backend servers are on the roadmap for housing the database which will
provide information to the web pages and also to the customers, these
servers will be firewalled and accessable to customers via secure web
interface and/or vpn access, these servers I can forsee will be
chosen with processing, memory, and storage as a major consideration
and with one customer we're working with could end up huge.
Which range of servers do you see is most appropiate for my
requirements, considering overall bang for buck.
I am looking at investing in IBM products rather than SuperMicro due
to the fact that a friend of mine ships a lot of IBM kit, that is
Craig Pollock from Alexis Infotech Management, and I've been convinced
of the delivery times and the extended warranty which is very important.
If you can help me here with the IBM product range, that would be
Douglas Harvey wrote:
Thanks for letting Anatole Perry of VAD & myself attend the meeting
last night, and put on beer & pizzas. Trust everyone whom enjoyed
Robert's talk & the aftermatch function got home safely. :-)
Some urls for reference.
University of Portland Linux on Power site
My contact details are;
pSeries Technical Specialist
Ph 09 359 8409
if anyone wants to discuss the topics raised further.
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