Right, first things first, I'm very au fait with Mac's (and pretty competent with PC's) in a standalone environment. I can do any maintenance required, and even pull them apart to fix them if required.
I have ZERO experience of servers though! So have no clue as to what would be ideal, and how to set a system up.
The brief is that this will be a small business, with probably a couple of iMac's (or Mac Mini's) as work stations, possibly a PC, my MacBookPro a couple of iPad's and a couple of iPhones all needing to be connected (not necessarily at the same time). The data storage requirements will not be big at all, just a database behind an EPOS system, the EPOS software itself, and the occasional MS Office document, hence was thinking a Mac Mini would be enough. But will it? And given my low data storage requirements, would it be wise to use an SSD in the server (with an external USB/Thunderbolt HDD backing up via Time Machine) to increase data transfer rates, or will this not be an issue?
And I know that Mac do a specific Server version of the Mini, but as far as I can see, it's the same as the regular Mini now, just with a 2nd HDD added (and I don't need the storage), and OSX Server pre installed. Given that OSX Server is £13.99 from the App Store, and a normal Mac Mini is a LOT cheaper, would that suffice?