We currently have two 6 year old linux file servers (an HP DL320 and DL380) that are starting to be dogs. The DL320 just uses 10K IDE drives set up in RAID1, the 360 has 6 drives set up in RAID10. File services are via Samba, and the DL320 is having far more problems at the moment.
We intend to move to Windows Server 2003 (2008 won't support our old Win98 workstations - we can't get rid of them for 3 more years when our legacy software is converted). However, I'm wondering if it makes more sense to buy a SAN instead of buying a newer machine with faster drives?
- 40 users
- Linux-based servers, migrating to Windows Server 2003
- Linux 'top' shows samba often in a wait state (high load)
- Linux 'sar' command shows many small transfers, but only moderate bytes/sec (so not a network bandwidth issue)
- All users connecting directly to file server with old chatty DOS client application (not client/server), which results in thousands of tiny transfers per minute