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Server hardware query Mar. 19th, 2003 10:42 am
One for the geeks/admins -
I've been asked to price up some web server hardware, but I'm not familiar with the best places to look for such things. Can those in the know recommend (with URLs) which brands/sources I should be looking at for such things?

TIA

From: dennyd
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 03:22 am (Link)
I'm not recommending these on any grounds other than they supported a Linux website I was working on, including donating a webserver to the project and a workstation to myself (I was project lead at the time). My workstation is still going strong, and was well put together - the webserver worked fine for the two years we were running, although I never saw inside it to judge quality of build.

It's a starting point for grabbing prices anyway...

http://www.xinit.co.uk/

Also, a friend of mine swears by Dell, of all places. Apparently they're fairly good about after-service stuff if you're a regular customer...
From: olithered
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 03:39 am (Link)
You may already know of "World Of Computers" (http://www.woc.co.uk). They're good on price, quick to deliver, and do sell rackmount kit. I get the impression they'd build to order.

Worth a look?

Eya...

From: kingginger
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 04:49 am (Link)
... Well - Dell.co.uk is our usual source of things,

However a friend of mine has just recently purchased some new 1U servers for an experiment / new mail servers / LAN party servers *ahem* -

They are the Gigabyte rack servers

You can get them from http://www.scan.co.uk/products/servers.htm

Give them a look in?

My mate likes his and hasnt had any problems with performance - he would like gigabit ethernet, but does with load balancing 2x100Megs

Re: Eya...

From: djm4
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 05:11 am (Link)
I'd avoid Scan like the plague, myself. They're cheap, but too much stuff we bought from them has failed to work, and they quibble like crazy about returned stuff.

Digital Networks UK are very expensive, but good. They build to order, and their aftersales support on the one occasion we needed it was fast and efficient.

Re: Eya...

From: kingginger
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 05:54 am (Link)
*shrugs*

I dunno - Its swings and roundabouts I suppose.

I've never had a problem with Scan, and I've been using them for years.

Same with Aria, they are my two 'local' PC parts suppliers.

*shrugs*

Ya pays ya money....

Re: Scan

From: dennyd
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 07:09 am (Link)
Seconded... I've got quite a few friends who've picked up odds and ends from Scan, and every one of them has run foul of a really unhelpful returns policy sooner or later. Best avoided unless your time is worth considerably less than your money, is the impression I got...

Re: Eya...

From: giolla
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 07:08 am (Link)
Except they don't actually exist.
I tried to order one of the low end gigabyte servers from scan
was told out of stock why not get this one instead
so I changed my order, and went for thier recommended server
and got told "sorry out of stock, don't know when we'll have more"

Ended up getting a nice 1u intel box from:
http://www.broadberry.co.uk/
great to deal with, delivered within 3 days, build qualities fine.

Re: Eya...

From: kingginger
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 07:23 am (Link)
Wierd.

And yet I have seen them in the flesh myself (and used one as a pillow once) LOL.

Wierd.

Ho humm - Wonder if there are alternative suppliers? Must have a root.

Re: Eya...

From: giolla
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 07:36 am (Link)
I am willing to concede that it may just be that gigabyte servers from scan don't exist.
From: pedxing
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 06:21 am (Link)
I work a lot with IBM servers, and I've found them to be quite good. For a basic webserver, an E220 with a serveraid card would be sufficient.

They're more expensive than clone servers, but they support linux, and are built like tanks.