Server gone bang!
Death of a server in a primary school today, what would you recommend for running the following:
ESXi (or HyperV)
4 x Windows 2008 servers
2U by preference as there is not much space in the cab.
Thinking a HP ProLiant DL380 G7 with 8 x 500Gb SATA drives 12Gb RAM. Opinions?
Anything else to consider?
IMO - SAS over SATA. Otherwise, that's a close spec to ours which runs 5 servers nicely. I'm sure you've looked into SAN solutions for storage too, as an alternative (too expensive for me, but may suit).
I'd got for my normal Dell R310 with a couple of 500gb disks and 16gb ram. Fits 1u cabinet as well.
Since they are so cheap you could get a 2nd one for redundancy.
Primary school server so SAN not an option at the moment.
3s-gtech is spot on. We are installing vmware and servers (HP, IBM, DELL) into schools all the time and SAS is a must. Also make sure you confirm that whatever model you go for is VMWare or Hyper-v supported by the vendor. Oddly some models aren't so be sure to check. G7 is fine though.
Drop me a line if you want a quote.
Any ideas for a good Dell re-seller? We have not bought any Dell kit for about ten years.
Assuming you want new then just go directly to Dell. They will give you a Premier login that allows you to access the "Schools - Best Price Online" area.
Originally Posted by skunk
Or call your LA and they might have a link to premier with even bigger discounts.
DL385 G7 - AMD Opteron 8 core HE processor - its 2 U just like the DL380 G7 but with a lot more CPU power :)
I'd be looking at a few higher speed 10 or 15k SAS drives for Server OS and more IO intensive applications and then a few of those 500Gb drives for your user data.
Add in Server 2008R2 with SP1 (for Dynamic Memory) and you are onto a winner!
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@Dos_Box. Sorry about that, wasn't aware as I'm new to Edugeek. No porblem, thanks for the heads up. I've requested more info.
I'll 4th the motion to use SAS drives instead of SATA. IF you only have one server and a few drives serving the entire school you need to make sure the drives are as fast and reliable as possible and that means SAS.