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What is the best Mac server configuration?

Question asked by tamalellama on Nov 15, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 13, 2016 by taylorsharpe

We are considering a server hardware upgrade and have about a $6000 budget. For a FileMaker-only server with three databases, 8GB combined size, with external container storage, serving 12 FMP clients and an average of 10 concurrent PHP sessions and on average 4 scheduled scripts running each hour with some scripts touching almost half of the records each hour.


Should we bias our spending towards more RAM, more processors, two-machine deployment, or what? We are presently considering the following:


(1 new) Mac Pro, 3.0GHz 8-core with 25MB L3 cache and 32GB of RAM ~$6000


(2 used) Mac Minis, 2.3GHZ 4-core with 6MB L3 cache and 16GB of RAM ~$3300


(2 new) Mac Minis, 3.0GHz 2-core with 4MB L3 cache and 16GB of RAM ~$4000


What would you buy and why?