For a server aimed to centralize the documents of a 10-people team, which kind of media would you advise to have a system that is both responsive and reliable? I want the server not hanging and that when opening documents users have the same impression as if those were stored on their own desktop.
I see the following benefits and drawbacks:
A) PCIe SSD
- fastest transfer rates
- very pricey
B) SATA SSD
- fast (but not as much as PCIe however)
- existing models for datacenters
- could be used in RAID 1 for full redundancy
- limited capacity
C) HDD with large buffer
- low cost
- available in large capacities
- could be used in RAID 1 (or in RAID 1+0 to increase transfer speeds)
- slower than SSD
Having two datacenter-grade SSD (Intel DC S3500 480 GB), I was planning using either only one of them, or both in RAID 1. Would it be a good choice for a small-business server?
Assuming that archives would be stored on larger hard drives, I plan using the SSD for the OS.
Is there a way to capitalize on the free remaining space of SSD as some kind of buffer, in the same spirit as how SSHD (hybrid drives) work?