[SATLUG] Building a backup server
bdubbs at swbell.net
Fri Aug 23 23:42:01 CDT 2002
Sean Carolan wrote:
>Here's an interesting comparison -
>*** The Windows Way ***
>My wife works in a biology research lab and they needed a file server.
>They are storing photos of microscope slides and word documents and
>wanted to have them all in one place instead of scattered across 5
>windows computers. They bought some kind of mega server from dell with
>16 hard drives for $10,000 - $12,000 or so.
>*** The Linux Way ***
>My workplace needs a backup server for 4 workstations. Here's what I
>* Bought an IBM 166Mhz pentium computer off ebay for $20, put in a 40GB
>hd ($79 at compUSA) and nic card (had an extra one lying around)
>* Installed Redhat 7.2 from CDs, got samba and ssh up and running
>* Total cost $99.00
>Cost effective? I think so. Even if I wanted to attach 16 hard drives
>to this homemade backup server, it still costs a LOT less than the
>win2000 server at the biology lab.
Interesting, but I think you are comparing apples to oranges to a
certain extent. That 16 HD enclosure is not cheap and you need a very
good backup system too.
We bought a 4 HD system from Dell earlier this year for about $8K. We
can put in another 4 drives for just the cost of the drives, but adding
numbers 9-16 would be a couple of thousand easily. The only difference
I can see is that we are running Linux :)
BTW, our system also has parts and labor support through 2005 included
in the cost.
Yes, I know that a multi-processor system is overkill for a biology lab
file server, but we are doing a bit more with
ours than just serving files. Perhaps they want the capability to do
more with theirs in the future.
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