Hardware Thread, What do use for Primary Hardware - servers/switches/sans/nas etc in Technical; I'm really looking to see who is at the other end of the scale from me
At some of my ...
5th July 2012, 04:29 PM #1
What do use for Primary Hardware - servers/switches/sans/nas etc
I'm really looking to see who is at the other end of the scale from me
At some of my schools I just run a standard desktop with w2k3/w2k8 and use it as a file/print/dns/dhcp server.
I have a external USB drive just backing up data (not server state) and I have a central 10/100 unmanged switch with 8 port switches in the classrooms connected to classroom computers/suite/Buffalo (domestic qualitly) APs.
Obviously this is very cheap but not of the highest spec
Who'es got the shiniest, super-est faster setup in a UK primary ?
5th July 2012, 04:35 PM #2
generally until recently hp servers but due to poor hdd warranty and expensive disks moved over to dells. hp switchgear. nas backup only netgear readynas, bit more complex hp microserver and 08r2. generally single server sometimes hypervs on that to split roles generally not though
5th July 2012, 04:43 PM #3
HP servers and switches, APC UPS, QNAP NAS, HP and IBM SAN over iSCSI and SAS. HP workstations and laptops. Some Cisco gear, Netgear and D-Link, both bad calls. Etc. Custom MPS systems, Phillips and hp moniters.
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5th July 2012, 04:54 PM #4
HP servers (DL380 G8p's mostly - mostly with quad, some hex- core with 128Gb RAM minimum (95% virtualised environment)), NetApp SANs, HP PoE Procurve switches with 10Gb ethernet modules. For backup an Overland tape library (LTO5). Desktops - mostly Wyse thin clients with a hard glass TFT's. Room solution APC UPS for server room. Cabinet UPS's for critical switch locations (to bursary and DR room for example).
5th July 2012, 05:20 PM #5
@SYNACK - You should know by now to exclude yourself from these questions - you are the undoubted tech god of the primary world
5th July 2012, 06:14 PM #6
I don't know about that, perhaps a minor mythical creature like a griffin or a dragon Besides it looks like we're well outclassed by some of the others, we're still pushing towards 10GBe for core stuff and our servers are positively anorexic RAM wise in comparison to the above.
Originally Posted by SimpleSi
5th July 2012, 06:26 PM #7
In my interview the management bought up my background in corporate along the lines of 'it might be bit of a come down from the systems and budgets you are used to in your industry...' in which I told them we kept a 8 year old DL360 G1 running Terminal server(and even managed to run Sage 200!), used a Proliant ML110 worth £200 after cashback to run companies' Blackberry Enterprise..they were a bit suprised!
I'm still in awe of some of the stuff installed in schools, seriously, my old IT hardware budget in coporate over 3 years was smaller than a single 5406zl core that some guys here have 2 of lol!
5th July 2012, 06:41 PM #8
Yeap, I have to agree, it depends heavily on the place but some of the worst gear I have ever worked with has been in the commercial side. Some of the schools I took over were pretty bad to start with, 8-9 year old servers that they had been told and fully believed that it would last them forever. But for shear persistence in using outdated tacked together solutions I have seen worse outside schools.
5th July 2012, 06:44 PM #9
We are currently replacing Elonex Prolient 1000 1gb celeron slimline desktops with HP ML110's with 4gb, 250gb OS drive and 2x1tb raid-1 data drives, at some of our primaries!
5th July 2012, 08:18 PM #10
Not in a Primary school so can't comment.
I have seen some very out dated equipment in a few corporates recently, including an old Elonex Server that is communicating in Morse code and some DEC hardware!
Thanks to twin--turbo from:
5th July 2012, 08:37 PM #11
Dell server, netgear nas, switches and wireless.
VeryPC for desktops.
5th July 2012, 08:48 PM #12
Yep, you trying telling a corporate MD to spend £15k on a core switch and you'll be ejected out of his office quicker than a pesky auditor, the core I had was a £100 Planet switch! We still had Windows 2000 DCs on ML350 G2s 3 years ago when I worked there before we upgraded. Mind you, schools have thousands of users as opposed to a few hundred or less users in corporate, so less impact on networks I suppose.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
Oh jesus I was a telesales boy when I used the DEC VAX system on green screens! Those were the days!
Originally Posted by twin--turbo
5th July 2012, 09:29 PM #13
Thanks to twin--turbo from:
5th July 2012, 11:29 PM #14
HP server, NAS, wireless, (Ruckus and Meru), Gb procurve switches (not all of them) and a bit of fibre.
Dual core PCs, (almost all W7), many different laptops, samsung netbooks
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