Hi Guys and girls,
Wondering if you would be able to help me out. I will start by saying I am not a network guy. I won't go into details, but I was hoping I could get some advice on what is and what isn't suitable for our school. I am working in Thailand and communication is always an issue.
We have 16 servers running in our school of 400 students. We have 2 quotes for virtualization and I have no clear idea of if they are suitable or not. I am having trouble deciphering what it actually means. These are the recommendations:
IBM x3550M3 Xeon E5606, 4C 2.13GHz *2
IBM (2x146GB) 15K 6Gbps SAS SFF HDD Hot-Swap
IBM System Storage DS3512 3x300GB
IBM 2x2TB HD 7200RPM 6GB SAS NL
IBM System X 3250 M4 *2
# Quad-Core Intel Xeon E3-1270 ( 3.1 GHz)
# 24 GB ECC DDR-3 Memory ( Up to 32 GB )
# RAID Controller ( 0,1) with 2x300 GB Hot-Swap SAS HDD
IBM 6Gbps SAS HBA Card with 1m. SAS Cable *4
IBM System Storage DS3512 Express
Encloser with 5 TB ( 5x1TB) NL-SAS ( 6Gb/s)Hot-Plug HDD
Any comments, recommendations or advice would be appreciated.
I am assuming it means you are buying 2 x the Server and 1 x Storage
If so then do the Servers have 1 processor in or 2?
The storage is a 12-bay drive array, two HDDs as in option 1 isnt enough in my opinion as you are limited to what RAID you can use. So you would need more drives. Option 2 seems best here.
Server side, your Option 1 has 4 threads only on the servers, which is limiting in virutalisation terms, Option two has 8 per processor. Option 2 i s best here
This is said without fully investiagting the servers, e.g. max supported RAM, max supported Processors, what NICs they give you. Does one have a better warranty etc.