4.4. Linux as an office server

This kind of server is for the moment rare in the free software world. It's more frequent in Microsoft world, by association with Metaframe solutions of Citrix. An office server needs 50 MB of RAM per user. Intrinsically, this machine has no requirements in term of disk, if it's not at the same time a file server. Processor resources used are important, thus it could be useful to consider the increase in frequency and the addition of processors, because this type of traffic could be quite well done in parallel.

Table 4-8. Sizing of an office server

Simultaneous usersRAM sizeDisk sizeMachine example
1 - 10512 MB9 GBE800
10 - 502 GB9 GBLH4 Bi-processor
50 - 1004 GB18 GBLH6000 Quadri-processor