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Server hardware suggestions?

From: Matthew S. Moore <mmoore_at_asf.alaska.edu>
Date: 2005-03-17 06:04:41 CET

   Does anyone have any suggestions for hardware to get the best (or at least
really good) performance from a subversion server?

   We will be connecting to the server via svn+ssh on a local network (most of
the time).

   We are using fsfs repositories.

   We plan to do per commit incremental backups with regular full backups and
hot copies.

   We currently have about 200MB in our svn repositories and just over 4GB in
ClearCase (which I would like to migrate some day). Since we want room for new
projects and our repositories will only grow in size, I was thinking of
specifying at least 200GB of disk space.

   We will most likely be using FC3 linux.

   I was originally offered a FC3 system running under VMware with about 384MB
RAM with plenty of disk space NFS mounted from an external raid.

   I am concerned, however, that this will be slow for our users.

   So, I have requested dedicated hardware for our server. Two options that I
was given so far are:

3.2GHz dual Xeon
4 SATA 120GB raided for 200GB usable space
2 GigE NIC's


3.0GHz Xeon
2 SATA 200GB mirrored
2 GigE NIC's

   What aspects of the hardware configuration are the most important?
   Will a dual processor make much difference?
   Would the aforementioned VM server be reasonable?

Thanks for any advice,


Matthew S Moore                          Alaska Satellite Facility
Configuration Manager                    Geophysical Institute
& Development Engineer                   University of Alaska Fairbanks
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