Cleetus Freem writes: "Our college Mac lab, which was put on hold some time ago, is back on the front burner. I am wondering if Slashdot's collective expertise can give me the ammo I need to make certain equipment arguments. The lab will feature 15 student stations and an instructor station and will be used for desktop publishing, digital photography, web design and advertising courses.
- Mac Pro or iMac? On one side the Mac Pro is quite expensive but the iMac, as an all-in-one, could be more prone to failure.
- Do we need an Xserve or not? An Xserve with RAID combo? With Xsan? Can we manage everything with a dedicated regular Mac Pro instead?
- Is the internal hard drive space on each box probably enough or is some sort of distributed storage system advisable?