I am currently updating our office server computer and am looking for advice. note: it is not acting as a web server at the moment, just a file server for the office.
Our current server pc is simply a desktop pc running windows xp with a shared folder on the lan running at 100mbps.
I now have more pcs accessing the files, need more storage space for the files, better backup solution and hopefully a faster access speed.
My question is:
When I look up small office server computers, pre-built, they use alternate components and software than I would normally use when building a computer. such as this model:
HP ProLiant ML110 G5 Server - Xeon 3065 / 1GB / NHP SATA 160GB / windows server edition
And the spec seems quite low to me, compared to standard desktop pcs I have built.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using a pre-built server pc for small office networking over a fast desktop style pc with for example loads of ram, gigabit connection, fast hard drives, fast processor? Why the alternate style components between the two types of computer?
All help most appreciated,