To more effectively choose what type of server you need, we have supplied a quick breakdown of the types of server. For example if you need a server for archiving a vast quantity of data, as the name suggests, a storage server is your best bet. Likewise, if you need a server to run maintenance tasks like log analysis, a system server is for you.

Standalone servers
  1. Storage Server – Normally 4U servers containing up to 45 hard drives. Storage Servers can configured as both RAID 6 or RAID 10.
  2. Database Server – Normally 1U or 2U servers w/ 4- 8 hard drives. Hard drives are allocated to address system needs, database storage needs and local storage (data backup) needs. Additional hard drives are allocated as spares in case of failure.
  3. Application & Edge Servers – Normally these servers require powerful CPU for data processing needs. It should be noted, these servers require 10 gig network connections.
  4. Cache Servers – Normally used for hot content. Due to this Cache servers typically contain SSD with copious amounts of memory.
  5. System Servers – Normally used for log analyzing and other important maintenance tasks. These servers keep you on track.

Outside of knowing the type of server you need, you also need to understand the type of chassis your server needs to be housed in. The following is a quick breakdown of the chassis AV5 offers:


  • Chassis have their own power supply
  • Requires multiple network connections
  • Of all the chassis AV5 supports, the Standalone is the most flexible, upgradeable and price effective solution

***We recommend this solution for startups***


  • Midway solution between standalone and blade chassis
  • Allows for flexibility
  • Supplies effective power usage
  • Utilizes independent connections per server
Load balancing structure


  • Highest power ratio
  • Most effective management solution
  • Shares between all blade management and network modules
  • Embedded access switch is shared between blades and private VLAN’s are not supported. AV5 recommends utilizing an external switch to avoid aforementioned issues
  • Embedded management module is shared for all blades
  • Management users have access to all servers’ console
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