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I am looking for a new ESXi test lab server to replace my 1950 III. I've narrowed it down to the R610 and the C1100. The specifications are pretty much identical - 2x L5520, 24GB RAM, no drives. They're within $50 of each other. From what I can tell, the main differences are the C1100 has a single non-hotswap power supply and supports 4 3.5" drives, while the R610 has dual hotswap power supplies and supports 6 2.5" drives. Has anyone done a noise comparison, and are there any other differences between them? I'm currently leaning towards the R610, since it has 2 extra drive bays.
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Hi all,

I am looking for a new ESXi test lab server to replace my 1950 III. I've narrowed it down to the R610 and the C1100. The specifications are pretty much identical - 2x L5520, 24GB RAM, no drives. They're within $50 of each other. From what I can tell, the main differences are the C1100 has a single non-hotswap power supply and supports 4 3.5" drives, while the R610 has dual hotswap power supplies and supports 6 2.5" drives. Has anyone done a noise comparison, and are there any other differences between them? I'm currently leaning towards the R610, since it has 2 extra drive bays.

Either would be fine but I would go with the R610. Not sure how the noise level is for the R610 but I would imagine it would be similar to the C1100.
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The R610 is quieter the C1100. I use a couple of R610's as my pfSense boxes. They run pretty damn silent almost.

I would go with the R610 since its one of Dells mainstream Poweredge lines. The C series 'cloud' servers were a seperate run outside of Dells main production line, infact you'll find that they aren't actually dell products, they are branded boxes direct from manufacturer. They were specced by the Dell Datacenter Services division as a cheap, hyper-scalable compute server.

However........

This is for your own test lab therefore it doesn't really matter. I don't know what price you are getting the R610 at but you may be able to get two C1100's for the price of a single R610. If you are learning about ESX then you'll soon want a multi host cluster and shared storage.
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The C series 'cloud' servers were a seperate run outside of Dells main production line, infact you'll find that they aren't actually dell products, they are branded boxes direct from manufacturer. They were specced by the Dell Datacenter Services division as a cheap, hyper-scalable compute server.

Not that I care all that much, but where are you getting this information from? The C series is actually Dell PowerEdge C series, and it is something that Dell designed, manufactures, and sells just like any other PowerEdge server.
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The R610 is quieter the C1100. I use a couple of R610's as my pfSense boxes. They run pretty damn silent almost.

I would go with the R610 since its one of Dells mainstream Poweredge lines. The C series 'cloud' servers were a seperate run outside of Dells main production line, infact you'll find that they aren't actually dell products, they are branded boxes direct from manufacturer. They were specced by the Dell Datacenter Services division as a cheap, hyper-scalable compute server.

However........

This is for your own test lab therefore it doesn't really matter. I don't know what price you are getting the R610 at but you may be able to get two C1100's for the price of a single R610. If you are learning about ESX then you'll soon want a multi host cluster and shared storage.
I was quoted $300 for the C1100 and $350 for the R610. I haven't had a chance to compare those prices to eBay or Craigslist, but I plan on doing that this afternoon.
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Not that I care all that much, but where are you getting this information from? The C series is actually Dell PowerEdge C series, and it is something that Dell designed, manufactures, and sells just like any other PowerEdge server.

Now they sell the C series designed for high density. But originally it was a closed product line specced out by Dell Datacenter services for specific clients of theirs. I have 8 old CS23's and they are not custom built by dell.
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