I have a 20 user site that I am looking to replace their 7 year old Smoothwall with a nice Untangle 7.2 box. Internet connection is currently 4Mbit to be upgraded to 10Mbit later in the year.
I am planning a custom built whitebox with the following spec
Core i3 530 2.93Ghz
4GB RAM (dont need that much, but RAM is cheap)
Intel H55HC Hunter Cove (will check if its compatible first)
onboard NIC for LAN (Intel Gigabit)
2x Intel Pro 1000 PCI (one for internet and another for redundent internet or spare)
30GB Kingston SATA SSD (http://www.kingston.com/ukroot/ssd/v_series.asp?id=2)
Based on the 2 other site I currently manage running untangle, I came to the following conclusions that I would like to get input on.
Now the theory with the SSD is that the 30GB Kingston SSD is nearly the same cost of a standard 3.5" drive, but has the following theoretical advantages
1. Has no moving parts. So it should last much longer in low activity uses than a normal HDD that spins all the time.
2. saves power - every bit helps
3. fast read performance - booting up quickly is a plus and most people tend to recommend high spindle speeds on other forum posts
1. Untangle seems to require very little disk space in my other deployments, is 30GB enough?
2. does the Debian Kernel used in Untangle 7.2 support TRIM functionality found in the Kingston. Point me to the Debian version untangle 7.2 uses and I might be able to find out.
Should their be a problem, my plan is to get a 7200RPM WD black hard drive (smallest version is 500GB). I used them in the past because of the excellent performance and the 5 year warranty.