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Old 08-30-2015, 07:02 AM   #2
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If you have no resident IT expertise then my first suggestion is to get your local/central IT to manage this server for you. Buying a server is the easy part, ongoing maintenance/administration can be a chore, especially if you are not familiar with this aspect. If you are going that route you could consult them about what vendors they work with.

You have ample budget so no worries there. You could look at buying a single beefy server (with a TB of RAM) or a couple of servers (with one for pre-processing data and one for doing analysis).

Are you only going to pre-process data or expect to do some additional analysis as well? Are you a core who expects to run the machine 24x7 or something not as frequent?
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