|Helix 6 Server — Choosing the Right Hardware|
With the release of Helix Server for macOS, we have been getting numerous questions about which hardware is the best for running Helix Server. Although we have not done exhaustive testing to determine the absolute optimal hardware configurartion, this note attempts to outline the areas in which we believe hardware choices correlate to performance benefits for Helix Server.
|macOS 10.3 Required||
Helix Server will run on any hardware that supports macOS 10.3 or higher. Therfore anything with a G3 chip or higher can be put into use as a Helix Server.
Although we do not have any hard facts to back this up, it is our impression that macOS 10.4 (aka Tiger) is faster and more stable tha macOS 10.3 (aka Panther), so we recommend running Helix Server on a Mac with macOS 10.4 installed.
Beyond the OS itself, the performance (and stability) of Helix Client/Server will be most directly affected by the quality and horsepower of the Macintosh the Server runs on. With that in mind, here are some guidelines for choosing the best Mac to run Helix Server…
To reiterate: none of these are requirements. You can run Helix Server on an old Bondi Blue iMac with minimal RAM or a new Mac mini with its slow hard drive if you want to.
As you may be aware, one of our principals (Matt Strange) also owns Autograph Systems, an Apple Authorized Reseller. If you already have a good relationship with a local Apple reseller, we encourage you to continue that relationship.
But if you typically buy your Macs from one of the mail order places, Autograph Systems would be happy to sell you your next Mac. Since Autograph Systems is not a mail order catalog company, the rules under which Apple allows resellers to operate prohibit them from directly marketing to the Helix customer base. But if you contact Matt, that's OK.
Purchasing from Autograph Systems brings two benefits. First: it keeps Matt working and indirectlly funds Helix development. Second: it can save you a few dollars on the price of a tower or Xserve.