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consuminghate @ 04:58 pm: New server recommendations
I recently acquired 1U of datacenter rackspace and I was looking to buy a box to run my web/mail server (currently colo'd).

I'm not hosting anything crazy, just a couple medium traffic web sites (apache/php), a cvs, mailserver (qmail) with a few users, snort, sql, etc. I'm hoping to stay under a grand (with drives). Raid would be nice.

Any vendor/configuration suggestions?

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From:bdinger
Date:November 22nd, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm a big fan of the IBM xSeries 335/336. The 335's can be found (with SMP and all) on fleabay for next to nothing (comparatively to new, that is), well within your budget. I think the standard onboard controller has RAID-1, and I know the optional U320 controller does.

I'd go with one of 'em. Great boxes, stable as hell. I have one with dual 3ghz's that runs at a constant load of about 8 (has about 6 virtual servers on it). Rock solid.
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From:bdinger
Date:November 22nd, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh yeah, duhh, suggested config would be the 8676 series with dual Xeons, HT disabled (I've done speed tests, with true SMP disabling HT shows speed gains on pretty much everything), 512 or 1GB of RAM, and the SCSI drives. If you get a single CPU, go with HT for that application, it will speed things up just a tad.

Also, HP's 1U servers are nice, but I'm impartial to IBM hardware. We have quite a bit of it, and it's never let me down.
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From:consuminghate
Date:November 22nd, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
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I was actually looking at the 8676 but hadn't ever used them (Only IBM servers we've had were AS400s).

Thanks for the rec., I'll give the xSeries more attention.
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From:bdinger
Date:November 23rd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, they're Good Stuff. PCI-X, lots of storage bandwith, lots of memory bandwith... pretty hard to beat. I've been pretty happy with 'em, in fact, thinking of replacing my personal server (Dell PowerEdge 600SC) with a x336 running OBSD4.
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