Configuration, Configuration, Configuration
“640k should be enough for anyone”
When 256mb. of ram ran the world.
From what I remember, 1993 and 1994 was when computer networks where well established and ran most of the world.
( 386, 486 and 1st gen Pentium, Motorola , RISC, and Sun Sparc CPU's )
A 386 with 4mb or ram could get you on the internet.
A 486 computer with 8mb or ram running Novell 3.12 server could get you a world wide corporate network.
In 1993/94 ram was $100 per megabyte. 4mb or ram could get your web browser going but it was slow
A 486dx-33mhz with 8mb of ram was the norm with a sound card and multimedia CDROM. A basic internet computer and performance was acceptable. ( Costs about $3000 )
BBS servers, Wildcat, Compuserve, AT&T Internet Explorer and Netscape.
With Windows-NT 3.51 world wide corporate networks were created using a 486 and 16mb of ram.
With NT 4.0 the National corporate networks where well established.
Microsoft NT 4.0 Wolf-pack server clusters on 64mb or ram.
HPUX server clusters on 64mb servers.
Sun Cluster servers on 128mb servers.
SGI workstations and servers on 64mb of ram.
Oracle databases on 64mb of ram.
HP Netservers on 64mb of ram
Webservers on 32mb of ram.
Jumpstart Network installation servers on Win-NT and UNIX to perform remote network installations of thousands of computers in classrooms, campuses, and nation wide networks running on as little as 32mb or ram.
Nation wide networks like WebTV with backbone servers running as little as 128mb or ram.
Much of Corporate America was running on computer with 8mb of ram for desktops and no more than 128mb of ram for servers.
Macintosh computers with 8mb of ram, Win3x/DOS computers with 8mb of ram could play most games.
Only extremely expensive high performance mission critical servers ran on 256mb or ram. These servers supported nation wide and world wide network databases and servers.
The simplicity of Novell servers, Mac OS System 7x , IBM , Win 3x , UNIX, Win-NT and Network hardware allowed for affordable nation wide corporate networks.
Routers, Switches, Proxies, Gateways, etc. all ran on less than 64mb of ram.
When you have your computers and networks well configured you can accomplish many things.
It's all about the correct configuration for optimal performance.
Today the content is the same only the image has become more refined and performance and delivery is quicker.
Get your tools in order.
Simplify and refine your code and scripts , batch files , and config files.
It's easy once you get everything in order.
For desktops the most I have utilized is 32gb of ram with a 12-core Mac Pro and HP z800 12-core.
They did have more ram installed but I could only get 32gb of ram to be utilized.
Today, I am satisfied with a quad core Intel i5 CPU and 16gb or ram running MacOS or Windows.
Just don't use Chrome browser or I.E.