As the title states this would be my first deployment using Nextcloud for a company of about 50 - 60 people that tend to be very security focused. These people avoid WhatsApp/Skype or Apps in general as a means of communications so they use text seldomly.
I was wondering what would be the server requirements for using a NextCloud Hub. I have to make it a small build since there is no rack, and they want to place it on a shelf. The storage space is roughly a 10 TB HDD that I have to purchase. It will be used to store a large amount of docs/excel/scanned images/pdfs and jpg that people should be able to pull of the server, or talk about and edit at the same time.
Should I buy NAS?
Do I need RAID 1? So 2 x HDD 10 TB?
Operatings System and installation of the hub - a good guide to follow?
Requirements to use the videochat function from the hub?
Is a Ryzen 5 3600 enough? (I’ll probably go with a mini-ITX case)
What is the recommended RAM for such a build?
Can all of their email attachments (which they keep at the moment on a mail server hosted on a cpanel) be backed up / or sync-ed to the cloud from outlook or the server?
If you could give me a few hints as I have to start taking action this Monday, I would greatly appreciate it.
Get at least 32GB RAM (can have 64GB), two M.2 SSD to run the VMs on (256/512 GB each, in RAID1), four HDD (maybe RAID10). Maybe 10Gbps network card… Should be under CDN$4K…
It will run 2-3 VMs easy (Nextcloud, Office, coturn, for example), have a lot of storage.
Thanks for the reply. I’d like to go a little into it, as I am a tad confused.
These seem needlessly expensive… - the second one clearly is out of their budget for this as I have to buy 2 HDD that will add another 600 euro to the costs.
I can agree with having 2 M2 SSD for the OS.
And do they really need the 10Gbps network card for pdfs and word files - when I imagine mostly 1-2 groups of 5-6 people will be working at a time? And for the seldom video call that will happen to clarify the files? Again, I asked and no more than 2-3 video calls taking place at once using the hub would happen.
Yes, they are.
And for this very reason I’d not recommend them for home.
But for a business of 50-60 people I think just the convenience factor justifies the price.
What components you include is up to you. The referenced CDN$4K number was for a maxed out configuration with four NAS 10TB drives, two 500GB M.2 SATA drives, 64GB RAM and Intel 2-port 10Gbps network card. I put one together just before COVID lockdown (using 14TB drives).
If users are especially security-minded, keep the files on the server at all times.
Office - OnlyOffice or Collabora - will allow them to be edited without being downloaded…
If video conference attendants come from behind firewalls (e.g. at home), you’ll need it…
If you feel comfortable doing this yourself, look into FreeNAS/TrueNAS.
Or you can put together a mITX box with a few drives and run ESXi off a USB stick…