NAM server and console hardware requirements

The NAM Server platform should meet or exceed the following requirements:

CPUs

At least 2x quad core CPU (or at least 8 cores in total) working with at least 2 GHz clock. In general, performance improves with higher CPU frequencies and core counts. Under testing, the best performance-to-cost ratio was achieved with 12 cores.

Memory and HDDs

The memory and hard disk drive (HDD) requirements of your report server depend on the functions assigned to that report server. The following table lists module system requirements in terms of RAM size (minimum and recommended), HDD requirements (minimum), and module intercompatibility. Note that these numbers are per module. Refer to the table below for recommended machine configurations.

If you save user activity details and server statistics on demand on the NAM Server drive, depending on your traffic profile, you may need much more disk space than the required minimum. We recommend configuring the user activity details and servers statistics to be saved on a separate disk or network share.

Component-specific system requirements and recommendations

Module Min. RAM Rec. RAM Min. HDD Can co-exist with
NAM Server 24 GB 32 GB 10 GB NAM Server SQL database, NAM Console
NAM Server SQL database 24 GB 32 GB See RAID.1 NAM Server, NAM Console
NAM Console 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB NAM Server, NAM Server SQL database

Sample report server machine configurations

Modules RAM HDD
NAM Server + NAM Server SQL database + NAM Console 64 GB See RAID.1
NAM Server 32 GB 10 GB
NAM Server + NAM Server SQL database 64 GB See RAID.1
NAM Server SQL + NAM Console 32 GB See RAID.1

1 In the HDD/Min. HDD  column, “RAID” refers to:

  • Technology: 6G, 15K RPM, SAS or better.
  • Capacity: 600 GB free space or greater.
  • RAID level: Fastest write performance with a customer-accepted level of data protection. We recommend RAID 10.

Sample report server machine

The following machine, a Dell PowerEdge R630 Server, has been used successfully in a NAM report server installation.

Feature Specification
Chassis Configuration Chassis with up to 10, 2.5" Hard Drives, 3 PCIe Slots
Processor Intel® Xeon® E5-2643 v3 3.4GHz, 20M Cache, 9.60GT/s QPI, Turbo, HT, 6C/12T (135W) Max Mem 2133MHz
Additional Processor Upgrade to Two Intel® Xeon® E5-2643 v3 3.4GHz, 20M Cache, 9.60GT/s QPI, Turbo, HT, 6C/12T (135W)
Memory DIMM Type and Speed 2133MT/s RDIMMs
Memory Capacity (4x) 32GB RDIMM, 2133MT/s, Dual Rank, x4 Data Width
RAID Configuration RAID 10 for H330/H730/H730P (4-24 HDDs or SSDs in pairs)
RAID Controller PERC H730P RAID Controller, 2GB NV Cache
Hard Drives (4x) 600GB 15K RPM SAS 12Gbps 2.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive
Network Daughter Card Broadcom 5720 QP 1Gb Network Daughter Card
Additional Network Cards Broadcom 5720 DP 1Gb Network Interface Card, Low Profile