Greetings from Austria. I (try) to take care of the IT infrastructure of my brothers small landscaping company. At the moment we have the following infrastructure:
Netgear LTE modem, pfsense temporarily on DIY hardware (before that Unifi USG), Unifi Switch 24, Unifi AP-AC-Pro, Unifi AP-AC-Mesh, Unifi Cloud Key Gen1, Synology DS218+ and 5x Windows 10 PCs (3 laptops, 2 workstations).
Our Synology DS218+ provides encrypted shares to the windows computers. Veeam Agents for Windows is installed on every computer and uses one of these shares as the backup target.
To my dilemma: My Brother likes to buy a new landscaping software. The supplier requests a computer running 24/7 with a Windows operating system where a Sybase database can be installed. For the data which the software produces (mainly document storage) they like to have a local storage. They are recommending against a shared storage. Nevertheless, I will test a shared storage.
But what am I asking my self is: Would it not be better to invest in a real server instead of a standalone workstation like a NUC? Server can provide everything what the Synology provides, plus decent VM performance.
Synology: SynDS218+ is not a good VM host for Windows 10. It has only 192 MB left for memory and that won’t work with Windows 10. Upgrading to 6 GB RAM is an option but on the other side a DS720+ has more cores (RAM upgrade still needed).
TrueNAS: Mini X hardware specs look good but I don’t have any experience with it and don’t know where to buy it in Europe.
Dell T40: Would be an option but no Raid and I don’t know if it is silent. The T130 which a friend bought sound like an aircraft carrier.
Intel NUC: Or am I overthinking everything and I should just buy a NUC?