Improving the Performance of your Storage Server


System performance is a result of the combination of both system and program requirements, and the available resources necessary to execute them.  Some install locations make the mistake of purchasing an expensive storage library and then trying to use a legacy server with marginal resources, to access and control that system.  Spending thousands of dollars on a storage library and then connecting it to a legacy server with marginal resources will not provide satisfactory performance results.  


As with any server, sufficient system resources should be available for the scale of the job at hand.  Here are a few simple suggestions for building your system:


      Use a current generation server:  The minimum system processor should be at least a Pentium IV class processor or better. 


      RAM - RAM is one of the most important resources for a Windows 2000/XP/2003 system.  You should install enough physical RAM to ensure the system rarely has to utilize the Pagefile.  For any current generation server, 2 GB of RAM should be an operational minimum.  Although it is true that the system will work with the minimums printed on the box, building a system that "performs" should be your focus.  Most experienced Windows OS users acknowledge that 2 GB is a good minimum starting point. 


      To help you determine the resources being used by your system, start the InveStore storage server system and any related applications. Then use the Windows Task Manager to determine how much RAM your system has allocated. Typically you should add RAM if the available physical RAM "under load", is less than 100 MB's of free memory.