Choosing Server Hardware
In This Chapter
Dissecting hardware requirements
Choosing the right RAM and hard drives
Selecting the right Mac for your server
Upgrading the Mac mini for use a server
Reviewing other network hardware
You’ve chosen the software — Mountain Lion Server. Now you need to pick a Mac to run it on. You can spend anywhere from under $1,000 to over $10,000 (with storage options), and no one Mac model is best for running Mountain Lion Server. It runs on everything from a Mac mini to the Mac Pro, with varying amounts of memory and hard drive space. Which one is for you?
This chapter takes you through criteria for choosing a Mac and a configuration that best meets your needs as a server. By matching your anticipated uses to the available hardware, you can avoid getting an underpowered Mac server or spending too much for more than you need. If you already have a Mac in mind for use as a server, this chapter helps you decide whether it will work for what you want ...