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    Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    Im looking for a basic server to replace my backup server and Im currently looking at a Poweredge SC1420

    Few questions though because of Dell's reluctance to provide any details about the system board etc

    - Does the board have PCI-X sockets? I suspect the answer is yes, but I wanted to check

    - How many drives can fit in the case? Ie how many internal 3 1/2 bays are there?

    - I want to install a PCI-X SATA RAID card and have an array of 5 or 6 drives. Could the PSU included support this many?

    - A general question about SATA raid arrays - Would I be better off with a case that has room for hot swap caddys/bays?

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    Storage
    Hard Drives:
    Support for up to four (4) cabled 1" internal hard drive bays
    73GB, 146GB and 300GB 10K SCSI hard drives
    40GB, 80GB, 120GB and 250GB 7.2K SATA hard drives

    Maximum Internal Storage:
    1TB SATA
    584GB SCSI

    Tape Backup Options:
    PowerVault 100T Tape Drive, internal

    Drive Bays
    Hard Drive Bays: Up to 4 hard drives

    Slots
    6 total I/O slots (five available)
    2 PCI Express slots (one x8, one x4), 2.5GHz
    3 64-bit/100MHz PCI-X slots 3.3V, 1 32-bit/33MHz PCI slot 5V (this slot is contains ATI Rage XL video card)
    Slots are full height and half length

    Drive Controllers
    Embedded dual channel SATA, optional PCI SCSI controller

    RAID Controllers
    CERC SATA 2s (SW RAID), CERC SATA 6ch, SCSI HBA (SW RAID), PERC U320

    Communications
    Single embedded Intel 10/100/1000 Gigabit NIC
    Intel PRO/100 S
    Intel PRO/1000 MT Gigabit NIC (copper)
    Intel PRO/1000 P dual port server adapter

    Power
    460W non-redundant

    Cooling
    Four cooling fans

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    Ah, thanks
    Where did you find all that? (I was probably being stupid and missed it in an obvious place)

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    I have 4 Dell Poweredge 2650, and damm nice they are too. Incredibly reliable.

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    I take it money is tight if not have a look at the website

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...bsd&cs=ukbsdt1

    It looks like it can have a raid card factory installed and can have upto 4 hard drives. why not have it included in your purchase and get it covered under their warrenty

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    We've got 5 Dell Poweredge 1850 they seem to be running very well indeed.


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    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...266&l=en&s=pub

    Just click on the details link at the bottom of the page.

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    Mostly dells here, never had a problem. Service has always been prompt and my account manager has clue.

    Buy the 3yrs onsite service, it'll save your bacon when your server gets toasted by lightning.

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    We have five PE Servers and they are brilliant. :-)

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Face-Man
    I take it money is tight if not have a look at the website

    http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/pr...bsd&cs=ukbsdt1

    It looks like it can have a raid card factory installed and can have upto 4 hard drives. why not have it included in your purchase and get it covered under their warrenty
    Nah money isnt tight, far from it

    The thing is though, if I go wth one of their SATA RAID configs, it doesnt give me the option to have a SCSI controller as well, and after all the trouble Ive had with them recently, thats the bit I really want guaranteed to work and be covered

    Hence why I was going to buy the basic SCSI version and do the SATA RAID myself

    Unless anyone can recommend a very good, reliable SCSI controller for less than a few hundred quid? (Doesnt need to be a RAID controller)

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    Adaptec 39320?


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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    I've got a Poweredge 2800 this year and so far it's been rock solid. 800GB RAID5 array.

    Ben

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    Always sworn by Mylex raid controllers personally. They are now know as LSI Logic. In paticular the MegaRAID range is what you should be looking at.

    http://www.lsilogic.com/products/meg...id_320_0x.html

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    We've got a pair of PowerEdge 2800's and I love em

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    Re: Anyone got Dell Poweredge servers?

    I have installed PE 1425's 1850's 2850's DELL PoverVault DAS 220s and PV 122 autochangers, never had a problem with them.

    At one site the air-con in the server room failed and cooked the Dell rack, an hour after nice cold air had been restored, all servers fired up with no signs of any issues and have been running fine for 3 months.

    I would recommend them to anyone.

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