There aren’t many small challenges in life that I haven’t solved by: a) WD-40, b) bicarbonate of soda or c) add more RAM.
This week a colleague asked a question regarding specifying a server: “is it ok for Client X to reduce RAM on the new server they are specifying?”
We will eventually build a finance system onto this server. It will run Microsoft SQL Server, the finance application and also reporting services through SQL.
An 8GB stick of RAM would cost about £100 based on a quick look at my favourite hardware site. Compare the cost of RAM to the productivity time users could be spending waiting for results or reports to complete over the 3-6 year lifespan of the server.
“RAM is cheap, time isn’t.”