icelava wrote the following post at 03-16-2004 19:49:
Some good reasons on getting a <em>real</em> server - (1) you buy the technical support services as well. Unless you like going to Sim Lim to change faulty parts. (2) Better stability and realibility with server-grade hardware. Cheaper prices for DIY components because lousier QA. (3) Possibly mirror the production environment so you match hardware not just software. (Hardware specific applications?)
Most managers likely just think about factor #2. :-)
I don't have any "standardised" excuse form for server procurement, but to know which gun to buy, you have to know what creature you wanna kill - you don't buy an elephant gun to kill rats. You need to specify what application(s) the server is meant to service, and also what the application is meant to do. Take rough estimates from your previous projects, based on development environment usage size.