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Submission + - Will a Solid State Drive notebook as a server do? 1

bogaboga writes: I am intimately involved in setting up a Debian based email system in a remote area where we'll be using solar energy to power our computers. When I took on the position of System Administrator, the blue print had been for a traditional Debian based "white box" as a server. With the advantages of flash based Solid State Drives (SSDs), I am inclined to replace the white box server with this type of notebook. I have read over the internet that these notebooks are more versatile and have between 25% to 30% better performance over hard drive based systems in various tests. Needless to say, if adopted, we will save on space, power, and have the advantage of a less noisy environment. I have also seen a video that appears to support these claims.

I'd like to know from slashdotters whether anyone has worked with such a system and whether it would be able to handle the workload involving receiving about 450 emails and sending about 200 on a daily basis. It will be doing some basic file storage as a samba server too. I have not yet selected which notebook to use and would very much appreciate some advice on this issue as well.
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Will a Solid State Drive notebook as a server do?

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  • whether it would be able to handle the workload involving receiving about 450 emails and sending about 200 on a daily basis.

    Couldn't a cellphone handle that kind of workload these days?

    It will be doing some basic file storage as a samba server too.

    I'm pretty sure that's mostly IO-bound, so you mostly only care about the operations-per-second and transfer rate of you SSD.

    I have not yet selected which notebook to use and would very much appreciate some advice on this issue as well.

    I've seen mention of small-form-factor computers that draw like 5 watts. Unless this will be doing double-duty as an end-user system (and maybe even then, depending on what kind of apps will get run), you might want to consider using one of those with the HDD replaced with a solid-state disk.

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