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Chapter 2. Preparing Yourself > Server Computer and Audio Hardware Requirements

Server Computer and Audio Hardware Requirements

The following sections offer basic hardware requirements for setting up your own streaming server, as opposed to leasing from a third party. Note: A streaming server must support every one of your listeners. Its requirements shift radically based on a constantly fluctuating amount of concurrent users. The examples in this book use a machine that needs to unicast a 56k stream to 100 concurrent users.

Disk Space

Your streaming server will need enough disk space to not only store all of your streaming media, but also to store logfiles documenting users (so that you can run reports on that data) and the operating system. Logfiles on a heavy-use streaming server can quickly take up gigabytes of disk space. Streaming servers should start with at least a 40GB hard drive. More high-end users will want to consider hundreds of gigabytes of disk space and even optimized disk systems such as the fast SCSI RAID configurations.


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