I have been allocated 2U of rack space and two amps of power. I'm not really sure what two amps of power will allow me to do so let me know if what I am planning is a little over the top.
I haven't purchased a rack mounted case before so I am not sure on what to look for exactly but I have decided to get a 2U case and seen this one that I like:
As for the rest of the hardware, I am considering going for an Intel motherboard, i5/Xeon E3 (when they're released) CPU and appropriate dual/triple channel memory; most likely between six and eight gigabytes.
I plan to run the OS and other applications on an SSD, most likely also made by Intel, and was looking at the Seagate Constellation drives for data storage.
The drives would be organised in a RAID 0 configuration (redundancy isn't a concern here, the data can easily be replicated with only the time it takes to transfer from another server as 'downtime') and I was considering filling all eight bays with drives.
What should I consider as a method for calculating power requirements and how can I work out how many amps I am likely to use?
With regard to RAID, am I best to buy a (few) hardware RAID cards or make use of software RAID? I am going for maximum throughput here, but don't want to buy something that will have little to no real effect.