[CentOS] Universal server hardware platform - which to choose?

m.roth at 5-cent.us

m.roth at 5-cent.us
Tue Jun 26 20:15:13 UTC 2012

David Hrbáč wrote:
> Dne 26.6.2012 15:40, Rafał Radecki napsal(a):
>> Hi all.
>> I am working for a hosting provider in Poland. We are currently
>> searching for an universal, extensible hardware platform which we
>> would like to use in our server infrastructure.
>> The platform should have:
>> - possibility to install up to 32GB of RAM and at least 4 slots for it;
>> - at least 6 SATA ports;
>> - the possibility to use SAS disks;
>> - at least one 1Gb/s network interface and the possibility to add
>> another one;
>> - size of 2 or 3U;
>> - hot swap for disks.
>> We are looking for a solution in which we would be able to deploy a
>> basic server with for example 2 SATA disks, 8GB of RAM, 1 NIC, 4 cors
>> and to be able to use the same enclosure and motherboard and extend it
>> to deploy a more heavy-duty server with for example 6 SATA disks, 24GB
>> of RAM, 2 NICs, 8 cors.
>> Which manufacturer can you recommend and why? We are looking for
>> something rather not expensive but reliable which has a good support.
>> All servers will be based on CentOS5/6 :)
> Cisco UCS? :o) Kidding, too pricey for these requirements. Your
> requirements are quite low and almost every desktop motherboard is ok
> nowadays.  If your infra is built with failure in mind, you can go
> Google way. No special HW, just HA sw solution.

I do not think you want any desktop m/b, not for a hosting provider
server. Spend a bit more and get server-class machines. That's right, you
*did* mention 2 or 4 U servers. Really, for what you want, you can get in
a 1U box. The Penguins I mentioned were, I think (I didn't order them)
under $10k or $12kUSD, or the Dells, were all under $20k each, maybe under


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