Hi Insanely Mac Community,
I need to help and expertese,
I do work for a print works, its a family business that is growing steadily.
The print works has about 8 full time designers and a couple of part timers too.
The designers work mainly with iMacs, and 1 or 2 Mac Pro servers.
They do design work of photoshop and commonly work with graphics file anywhere up to 1/4 of a gig in size. The designers would tend to work with many files at a time and have fairly heavy demands on their machines and their lifespan is not so long. Files are stored either localy on the design machines or loaded to a file share for the printers to pick up.
In general the system works well.
However providing machines for new designers or refreshing machines for current designers is a very expensive business and this is the area I need your help and expertese with.
The cost of new/refurbished or near new iMacs is still a lot of money.
Could a standard intel pc like a dell/hp with be used with a mac os for graphic design?
Or a standard intel PC with SSD, extra memory and high end graphics be suitable?
Could a MacPro Servers with VMware ESXi be modified to serve 2 or 3 designers sitting in close proximity? (thats a mac pro server with 2/3 vms running osx 10.9 using individual graphics cards using passthrough, sufficient local drives and memory)
please give any ideas on affordable solutions,