Which vendor for FreeBSD Rack-Dense Co-Lo Servers?

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Fri Sep 3 08:34:46 PDT 2004

> Hello all,
> We are an Australian company looking to buy some rack-dense hardware for a FreeBSD implementation at a colocation facility.
> So far we have got some quotes from Dell for:
> * Some PowerEdge 1850 servers
> * PowerEdge 2850
> * PowerVault 220S direct attach storage
> Are there any issues with getting the PERC4 RAID to work with FreeBSD with external storage (the PowerVault 220S)? Are there driver issues with their DAT72 tape drive (that comes with the PowerEdge 2850)?
> I had a look at FreeBSD Systems' web site, but they are probably not a feasible option (because we need on-site support in Australia).
> Which vendor would you recommend out of the big 3 (HP, IBM, Dell)?
> Are there any other vendors that come to mind which might be better? Reliability is the major factor guiding us. Thank you for your help.

Out of those three, we have done well with Dell for our FreeBSD servers.
I wouldn't rule out the others, though, if they are more convenient
for your situation.

Since you have already been checking 'FreeBSD Systems' which seems to have
a good reputation so far (and who knows about handling an Australian
connection, they might), you might want to just ask them how they would
handle service in that situation.  

You might also want to check out 'Iron Systems' at: 



> Tom
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