Hello, I am fairly new to this whole buisness. Since I started researching, I have found that alot of companies use low end hardware to run there buisnesses.
My Example of Low End:
Anything under Xeon or Opteron
I am in the process of making a design and have the necessary funds to start. Can anyone help me on making some decisions?
Should I go with a Dual Xeon/ Dual Opteron or a lower end processor?
Does webhosting rely on alot of ram?
Also, I know this isnt the right forum for this question but what the hell ,
If you are looking for a high-end server to run your business, I would recommend you find a reseller account with the specs you are looking for. It is much more cost effective to use someone else's server with great hardware in the startup stage as compared to getting your own.
My suggestion would be start off with what you can afford and if you have to choose a slower cpu server at a better provider or a higher end cpu server at a crappy provider start out with the lower end model and upgrade as needed.
Obviously if money is not a problem start out with a nice dual xeon box but when starting out sometimes it is easier to get a nice $199 P4 or even less cost Celeron then it is to spend $399/mo on a blazing fast Dual Xeon - I know it was for me.
Unless your website is going to be very powerful I would not get a dual xeon or opteron. I also concur with amish_geek that a xeon and opteron is consider a high end server. And on that same note, I agree that you shouldn't get below a mid range server, unless you are really just starting out and you plan on moving up slowly.
On a similar note, if you are starting up, do you know how to run a server? Do you have someone who will run it for you? Are you planning on running your shared server as the same server you run your site?
I would probably look into getting a reseller account for starters and then move my way up. Need more info to make a real suggestion though.
I'd go with a good quality reseller account and then upgrade to a good server later on. I would rather than just looking at the CPU to look at redundancy and overall quality. A XEON CPU combined with crappy hardware and no RAID is not worth a dime in my eyes. It's like buying a V8 engine and to put it into a Kia.