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Tasked with purchasing a new server for a new test environment.

We will not be *building the server, just purchasing one from an AMERICAN vendor. (has to be Amercian for policy reasons)

-Budget $3000
-Dell? HP?


Is it cheaper to go rack/mountable, or to get a tower?

We want the best bang for the buck. No need to get a really powerful CPU, just something to run a couple VMs and what not.

Thanks!

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Dell has the best bang/buck and tower will be cheaper. How many VMs are you looking to run? You may need to go rackmount as it will probably offer more memory options.
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@OP

I'd say Dell, and definitely rackmount. You won't need $3000 though. Something like a C1100 would probably do you fine for running a few VMs. Ask Tycoonbob. biggrin.gif
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@OP

I'd say Dell, and definitely rackmount. You won't need $3000 though. Something like a C1100 would probably do you fine for running a few VMs. Ask Tycoonbob. biggrin.gif

Yes! Since it's for test/dev, can you get away with used equipment? If so you can get a Dell C1100 on eBay (no OEM warranty, but does have a 30-day DOA) for around $350. Dual Xeon L5520 (8 cores/16 threads) and 36-72GB of RAM. 1U rackmount, with a PCIe slot. That is going to be your best bang for the buck, no matter how you look at it. Each one of these can easily run 10-20 VMs, depending on the load, so think 3 of these in a cluster for under $1000. That leaves plenty for some local storage and a storage/SAN. Also depending on your Hypervisor, you may be able to avoid clustering and a remote storage device. If you are using Hyper-V, configure two of these as a Hyper-V host and the third as a Hyper-V Replica server. Use local SSDs for VM storage, and use a pair of 2TB drives in a Storage Spaces Mirror on the Replica box. That's what I do at home, and it's great.

There is so many options, really. If you just need one server though, $350-400 for a very powerful server. Heck, buy two so you have parts if something happens to one.
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Yes! Since it's for test/dev, can you get away with used equipment? If so you can get a Dell C1100 on eBay (no OEM warranty, but does have a 30-day DOA) for around $350. Dual Xeon L5520 (8 cores/16 threads) and 36-72GB of RAM. 1U rackmount, with a PCIe slot. That is going to be your best bang for the buck, no matter how you look at it. Each one of these can easily run 10-20 VMs, depending on the load, so think 3 of these in a cluster for under $1000. That leaves plenty for some local storage and a storage/SAN. Also depending on your Hypervisor, you may be able to avoid clustering and a remote storage device. If you are using Hyper-V, configure two of these as a Hyper-V host and the third as a Hyper-V Replica server. Use local SSDs for VM storage, and use a pair of 2TB drives in a Storage Spaces Mirror on the Replica box. That's what I do at home, and it's great.

There is so many options, really. If you just need one server though, $350-400 for a very powerful server. Heck, buy two so you have parts if something happens to one.

If you're going to shell out for three of them, wouldn't it make sense to get a c6100 from ebay? You'd be spending the same cash, but would be essentially receiving an extra 2p node for free, while only taking up 2u of space. only downside I can see being one less drive bay available in the common 3.5" models.
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If you're going to shell out for three of them, wouldn't it make sense to get a c6100 from ebay? You'd be spending the same cash, but would be essentially receiving an extra 2p node for free, while only taking up 2u of space. only downside I can see being one less drive bay available in the common 3.5" models.

It depends. The C6100 is nice, but you would only get 3 drivers per node. Also, I don't like how it's 4 servers on one (or two, if redundant) PSUs. If I needed to move it, I would have to take down my entire domain just to do so, which is why I don't use the C6100 myself. The C6100 is great because it of it's high density, but I just like the C1100 better, personally.
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Hmm still undecided. Looks like we're just going to go with brand new purchases.

Besides the server itself, can you all recommend me a hard drive? We're looking at 1-2 Terabytes (I know, that's quite a difference)

how are Western Digital's XE drives?
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=10

Is there a better vendor or a recommended place to purchase them?
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@OP

I'd say Dell, and definitely rackmount. You won't need $3000 though. Something like a C1100 would probably do you fine for running a few VMs. Ask Tycoonbob. biggrin.gif

Man... I shouldn't have read this thread, those C1100s look real nice. Must resist.
 
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Man... I shouldn't have read this thread, those C1100s look real nice. Must resist.

"We are the C1100s. You will buy us from eBay and put us in a cluster. Resistance is futile..."
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Yes!

Dell-gasm!!! tongue.gif
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