RM CC4 server replacement
We've got a pot of money allocated to buy ourselves a shiny new server for our RM CC4 network. We currently have an RM Dualserv Pro:
2x Intel Xeon E5450 3Ghz Quad Core CPUs
Two lots of RAID 5 arrays of 400Gb and 270Gb
There are two roads I could go down, buy a new server or I could suggest we upgrade the current one (Apart from the abysmal hard drive space, the current server is adequate for our network of 100 desktops and laptops). I reckon it will be quite a while before we have another pot of money allocated for this.
Our current server was bought in 2008 and the warranty ran out in 2011, it would be nice to have a server with a 5 year NBD on site warranty.
Hard drive space, reckon I'd want at least 4 TB of useable space along with a spare hot swap included in the price.
I'd like to delve in to virtualisation to make package building and testing much easier. If the new server ran all the RM gubbins, this old server could be kept as a virtual server and general technician machine rather than logging on to the DC.
An extra 2008 R2 license is cheap under our SWGfL umbrella agreement and RM would sort out the installation side of things.
What do we reckon on my thoughts? RM don't sell hardware any more. Any recommendations of companies that supply servers?