We have outgrown shared hosting for our windows web application (using MSSQL) and are considering a dedicated server.
As we need it managed poractively, it seems the cheapest way to do this is getting an unmanaged server and buying a server management firm.
So we're thinking of getting the following from Rapidswitch (as must be UK based):
Core 2 Duo E5200
2x 160GB HDD
Software RAID 1
Windows Web Server 2008
for £49 a month (with £119 set up)
So, my questions are
Is it worth upgrading the CPU to a Core 2 Quad Q8200 for £15 a month?
Should I just go with 1x 160GB HDD?
Alternatively, could upgrade to 1x 300GB 10,000rpm VelociRaptor (2x is too expensive)?
Any other thoughts? Possibly somewhere cheaper?
Poundhost are about the same at £49 a month, but they don't have the option of a cheap Quad core.
Well, except for some network problems in the not too distant past I've been reasonably satisfied with RapidSwitch. I'd recommend taking the upgrade, not so much for the CPU as for the "free" 10TB/month upgrade you get with that + 2GB RAM.
Also, unless you're getting a non-standard box, their RAIDs are actually two-channel 3Ware hardware controllers.