From the September 01, 2010 issue of Futures Magazine • Subscribe!

Software review: OptionsCity Metro Version

Server Recommendation:
2 Quad Core Intel Xeon® X5550, 8 MB Cache, 2.66 GHz, Turbo, HyperTransport, 1333 MHz FSB processors
32 GB 1066 MHz RAM
Two (2) 146 GB SAS (Serial-Attach SCSI) 15000 RPM drives running in a RAID 1 (mirroring) configuration for redundancy hard drives
Intel PRO 1000PT 1Gb Dual Port (for exchange connection) network connection
Intel PRO 1000PT 1Gb Ethernet NIC (for LAN connection) network connection
Two (2) High Output (717W) power supplies for redundancy
UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

User Desktop Recommendation:
Quad Core Intel® Xeon® X5550 2.66GHz, 8M L3, 6.4GT/s Turbo processor, or
Dual Core Intel® Xeon® W3505 2.53GHz, 4M L3, 4.8GT/s (Minimum)
4 GB 1333 MHz (DDR3) (or more if running 64-bit Windows), or
3 GB 1333 MHz (DDR3) (Minimum)
80 GB SATA 7200 RPM hard drive
1 Gbyte Ethernet NIC Internet connection
A high-end graphics card is recommended for all desktops especially with multi-monitor setups, NVIDIA QUADRO FX or ATI FirePro Multi-View boards

Server Operating System:
Red Hat enterprise Linux FS version 5 x64
Software Libraries; Kernel: 2.6., and Sun Java Runtime Development Kit (JDK)

Desktop Operating System:
Windows XP, Windows XP x64, service pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

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