Sun just released the SPARCstation 5 - an inexpensive, yet powerful
workstation which delivers nearly the same performance as the top of the line
SPARCstation 20 for a much lower price. I think would suit your needs well.
The starting price for the machine is around $4000 and goes up depending on
the options that you get. I could not recommend a specific suite of options
because that is not my expertise. I would recommend reading these two
"Sun's SPARCstation 5: The latest Sun pizza box gives you the faster
MicroSPARC-II chip," Open Computing, Vol. 11, No. 8, August 1994, p. 75.
"SPARCstation Overhaul: The new SPARCstation 5 is a competitive low-cost
workstation. The SPARCstation 20 presents a more complex picture," Byte, Vol.
19, No. 9, September 1994, p. 161.
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From: Trent Tucker on Wed, Sep 7, 1994 11:14 PM
Subject: Which machine for dedicated site
I've been trying to get some guidance on how much machine to buy but
have found nothing on the net via gopher, WWW, or usenet, so I'll try
here. I apologize if this is an old and tired subjuct. I looked over
the last couple of months of archives, and didn't see it discussed.
I'm interested in setting up a site for a small company that wants to serve
info to the world via the internet. Since they are interested in both
info via WWW as well as hosting a mailing list or two (ie, majordomo), they
are considering a Sun Unix box.
The question is, what level of machine is the most appropriate? They
are a small company, so $ is an issue, but of course they don't want
to start with a machine that is too slow and will only hamper their
efforts and developments.
In the sun line, what is the preferred machine for serving info to the
internet. This machine will be dedicated to this use. It will have
http, majordomo, ftp, possibly gopher, and wais. How processor intensive
are these functions. Assume that the site will be busy (hopefully).
What is the minimum machine? What is the maximum without it being overkill?
Again, this machine will be dedicated to this task, with only periodic
dial in by one or two users, possibly running slip to gerf the net.
Thanks in advance for any advice or experience that you can offer.