The Mac Mini Servers sure are nice with the i7 processors. I personally set up several clients with them and married them to Pegasus RAIDs for their data and this resulted in pretty fast speeds! For an inexpensive and less than enterprise level hardware, it sure is a great solution.
Another issues is how 12 uses container fields and if you're looking at SuperContainer on an old 10 version, you really should take a second look at how 12 handles container fields. Data is stored externally from the database and can even be encrypted.
Personally, the layouts and reports I use in 12 are faster than 11. I think there is a bug somewhere in 12 making a handful of situations slower, but most all of my reports are going faster in 12. And I suspect any such UI issue causing some specific case problems will be addressed by FileMaker soon. But overall, my databases are performing faster on my FileMaker server and WAN performance is improved too. So while I could find a situation that is slower, overall the upgrade has benefited my performance via the server.
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Ooops, one more thing, now that FileMaker is 64 bit, it can address more than 4 gigs of RAM if necessary. So the 8 gigs really could benefit FileMaker 12 if you have really large databases. While I can see a client machine still only being 4 gigs as the standard, I hardly see anyone buying a server with less than 8 gigs, especially since 8 gigs is not very expensive anymore. If you run no other services or apps other than FileMaker, you could get by with 4, but I still would recommend 8.
thank you for your opinion.
I tested the scripts that I am performing on FM 12 and they are all slower, up to 6seconds slower then on 11, and yes, there might be a bug
and it should by FMI to find whatever is causing all the other slowing downs (eg. embossed fields on layouts converted to css etc).
On the SuperContainer there are pros and cons, eg. importing full sets of files from a folder by script is a great feature. The streaming bit of the
container fields I would have to look into. I can go with 11 at the moment.
If you've tested it and it is slower for you, then you might want to hold off for a bit. I'm still surprised when people keep saying all of their scripts are slower and mine don't seem to doing that. I wonder if it has to do with my setup which includes FMS over LAN using RAID drives and plenty of RAM.
Anyway, the latest version of 11 sure was a rock solid server, so you can't go wrong there.