1 - Discusses on the importance of having a high spec computer in order for OSX Server to perform to its best.
2 - Discusses on the appropriateness of using OSX Sever in a software development environment.
Getting on to the nitty gritty, my question is more focused towards whether using the aforementioned OS is a good idea for an advanced used (not so much in network related subjects) that desires to do both Software Development, Image/Video editing, and setting up shared services such as; Calendars, Webservices (Wiki's + Websites) and email.
When I say top of the range, I refer to the recently released iMac configured to the following specs;
- Quad-Core i7 3.4Ghz (Boost to 3.8Gz)
- 8 Gb of DDR3 RAM
- 2 Gb ATI Radeon HD 6970M
- 2 TB of storage. Partitioned 1:1 between Mac and Windows
In terms of internet connectivity I run a 50Mbps fibre-optic downlink with 5mbps uplink.
The reason why I believe OSX Server will be an option to consider for me is the fact I plan to work on a startup with a colleague (with no IT Background) but we live in different countries for now, so the ability of;
- Having an easy to use wiki
- The ability to create VPN for accessing NAS files
- The option of remotely setting up business related software and beta releases on their PC
- Facility for sync and collaboration (Mail, Calendar, and Document access editing)
seem to represent an added value between the two. I obviously understand that having the server setup in a computer that will be getting switched off and on will disable the services, but appart form that is there any other advantage or disadvantage I am unaware of?
If you are familiar with any software that possesses similar functionality to what am looking for, please feel free to put your suggestions forward.