Subject Re: System and maintenance requirements
Author swedishchef7
Sorry I did not give much information. Firebird will be running 1
database consisting of 6 small tables. The most records any table
will have is 10,000. The application is essentially a contacts
database with no blob fields. The client application could be
installed on as many as 10,000 desktops, but initially less than 500.
I have no idea what the average or peak connection count will be at
this time. Speed is the key for the app. A query will be done on one
field and return 4-6 fields.

If you need more info, let me know. Thanks for the reply so far.

--- In, "Adam" <s3057043@y...> wrote:
> --- In, "swedishchef7"
> <swedishchef7@y...> wrote:
> >
> > I am considering firebird for an application that I will developing
> > for a large corporation.
> >
> > What are the optimum system requirements for the server?
> >
> > What king of maintenance is required? This is important when I quote
> > a support/maintenance agreement.
> >
> You will need precisely 32MB RAM and a 8GB HD.
> Seriously, you have not provided anywhere near the information
> required to gauge any sort of idea at what would be required.
> Start by telling us things like:
> The number of tables
> The records per table
> The nature of information collected
> Expected average and peak connection count
> Basic Architecture
> Acceptable performance expectations
> Rate of growth of data
> Firebird can run on a system with 32MB of RAM running Windows 95. It
> is highly recommended you don't though.
> The disk footprint of the engine is under 5MB, and the amount of RAM
> used varies depending on lots of factors. To give some idea, I have a
> dual Xeon 1.6 GHz server with 2GB RAM and a RAID 5 15KRPM running
> win2003 server (not as exciting specs now as when it was bought),
> which currently hosts the databases for about 10 customers the largest
> (on that server) has about 600 staff. Then again, the nature of our
> product means that the system is used by key users and other staff
> have only a couple of limited interactions with it each day.
> So start with a system that is capable of running a real OS like
> (insert prefered distro) linux or win2000/2003 server. Anything that
> can run these Operating Systems reasonably will quite easily handle
> Firebird.
> In general, the fastest drives with lots of RAM to play with and a
> fast CPU or two will perform better than an old laptop running on
> batteries.
> Maintenance is quite limited. If you run a nightly backup, then this
> will take care of sweeping for you. The occasional backup then restore
> cycle (annually if that) is beneficial but unless you start running
> out of transaction IDs then it wont be necessary.
> Adam