Subject What hardware will I need for my DB?
Author Zd
Hi guys!

This is the first time that I use Firebird for a commercial software that will be sold to various offices employing 3 to 20 people.

Since I have no exprience in what hardware I should use for my DB, I'd like to ask for your advice.

The program I've developped is largely DB oriented - there are thin clients and a thick DB layer - almost everything is done by the DB, the clients are solely for displaying and manipulating data.

Mostly general textual records (contact info, calendar data etc.) and .DOC format MS Word documents are stored in the DB. The .DOC documents are very small, less than 30k on average.

Thus the overall size growth of the database isn't expected to exceed 1 GB / year.

Now the question is, what kind of server-hardware will I need to serve:
a, 3 to 5
b, 5 to 15
c, 15 to 25
concurrent clients properly?

Please note that since we are talking about smaller companies here, the price of the server is a huge issue.

There should be a fair comprise between data-security, performance and the cost.

And finally, there is one more issue: the Network.

I suppose for a smaller office (max. 8 people) a WLAN connection could be used. Has anyone tried this? Is Firebird reliable on a wireless network?

Thanks in advance for the information!


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