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I am currently in charge of buying/building a server for a department at my job. This server will largely be in charge of going through large amounts of data (potentially 4+ gigabits a second) to look for malware/suspect information. The software we use relies heavily on number of cores as well as RAM. As of now, the idea of building the actual server is not as desirable to having it pre-built through a supplier like Dell or HP, however, if we can get a lot more bang for the buck, there is always a chance.

As for a processor itself - I would assume we would need up to 64-128 cores at decent speeds ~ 2-2.5 gighz. The more ram the better, 128 gigabytes would be great.

For now, I don't have the exact specs on software usage but I will get them shortly. Power consumption is not really a big deal. The server itself, however, needs to fit inside a standard Dell rack. The only strange aspect to this build is that its going to need gigabit copper interfaces - 4 of them to be precise.

Any information on processors or general direction would be great. Thanks so much guys.

edit: the price needs to be less than $50,000. If its cheaper itself to buy a few of these servers, that is fine, as they can run in an overall cluster environment. Thanks.
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Buy one in if for no other reason than the support/warranties this can get. You can save cash self building but it's possibly at the expense of uptime.
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Well, what you're paying for is service really if you buy a prebuilt. You definitely can save money building it yourself, so it's up to you. I'd say something from Dell you're looking for will run much less than $50K though. Probably closer to $15K-$20K (4 CPUs & 128GB RAM). I'm sure the software you're buying probably isn't cheap, so that needs to be factored in though as well.
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Well, what you're paying for is service really if you buy a prebuilt. You definitely can save money building it yourself, so it's up to you. I'd say something from Dell you're looking for will run much less than $50K though. Probably closer to $15K-$20K (4 CPUs & 128GB RAM). I'm sure the software you're buying probably isn't cheap, so that needs to be factored in though as well.

The software piece is already taken care of luckily thumb.gif

So what do you guys think on exact servers that can be purchased for this? I'm very new to the enterprise side of servers tongue.gif

edit: change of plans, its going to be a supermicro
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You can go to Dell and customize them online yourself to get an idea. Once you have an idea of what you might want, I would talk to a sales rep personally. They might give you some better direction than what you can get on just their website.
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At the time of this posting I don't feel you can go wrong with HP's servers...just pick one that matches your needs.

A HP ProLiant SL4500 is a popular one I've seen lately. I think one in the $12k range would suit your needs nicely. You can upgrade CPU or Memory down the road...or add another. If you are doing that much work a small cluster of lesser machines might not be a bad idea for fail over and load balancing.
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Supermicro 5086B-TRF - $8,660.04
Intel E7-8850 x8 - $25291.92
Hynix HMT125R7TFR8C-H9 x64 - $1,791.36
Intel I350T4 - $312.92
That's 160 threads, 128GB of ram and a four port copper gigabit network card for $36,056.24.
You didn't say how much drive space you'd need, but you can use the $13,943.76 left over to get what you need in that aspect biggrin.gif
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