+ 0 Votes Some very general advice... gechurch August 14, 2013 at 7:41am PST I don't know how useful a tool would be. The specs will vary a lot depending on budget, expected load, how critical the data is, and user expectations. One company might be happy with a low-end server and a bunch of SATA drives, while another company might want something specced out. For a file server you want decent CPU performance, definitely a good RAID card with a decent amount of cache and good networking. A decent amount of RAM won't hurt either. Storage is obviously pretty important too. You don't have to go 10k or 15k enterprise SAS for file storage. You could go with midline SAS or SATA just fine. RAID enough of them together and you'll get good performance anyway. Regarding RAID, I'd suggest RAID10 or maybe 6.