Recommendation for Dual-CPU systems

Brooks Davis brooks at
Tue Jan 6 15:01:47 PST 2004

On Tue, Jan 06, 2004 at 11:50:22PM +0100, Melvyn Sopacua wrote:
> Hi,
> we're looking around for our next hardware generation and don't like to 
> reinvent the wheel. The current generation is very stable, but the one before 
> that had problems, prolly in the motherboard, which we never we're able to 
> solve, using various BSD flavours.
> The machines will primarily do webserving, which means php/apache with some 
> postfix mail for alerts. Most of the sites will be MySQL backed, which will 
> run on different servers. The busiest site handles about 6GB of traffic per 
> day (600k requests for content only - seperate grafics server), consisting of 
> primarily of news. Others vary greatly.
> The reason for the dual CPU is that we want to be able to host more per 
> machine, to reduce maintenance. We have done some orientation and experience 
> with ASUS boards, but the results are very variable.
> We're looking for systems in the Netherlands, price range 1500 - 2500 euro's, 
> 1 or 2u 19" rackmount systems.
> We've also informed with Dell, but they won't support FreeBSD, so my question 
> is twofold:
> 1) I still see a lot of people on the lists working with Dell machines, so how 
> do they work around the "no support" issue? Is this really an issue when a 
> disk crashes or some other hardware component?
> 2) Does anybody know of a hardware supplier that DOES support FreeBSD, 
> preferably operating in The Netherlands.
> Also - if anybody wishes to share the hardware setup that they're working with 
> for similar tasks, based upon an Intel P-IV or Xeon >= 2.4GHz, I'd welcome 
> that.

We're using 64 of the Intel OEM 1U systems in our computing cluster.
They are a little more expensive then some of the other options, but
they have been very reliable for us.  We had one DOA with what looked
like a PS issue and one that had a stick of ram failed, but that's it
about a year and a half.  Any Tier-2 integrator should be able to order
them, at least that's the case in the US.

-- Brooks

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