[Opinions Wanted] Dell PowerEdge 2950 Servers ...

Jeff Royle lists at qwirky.net
Fri Jan 26 04:44:07 UTC 2007

Marc G. Fournier wrote:
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> Have a friend that swears by them, but ... he's in the Linux camp, so tends to 
> have a quasi-inside track ...
> What are ppls opinions on them as far as FreeBSD is concerned?
> Also, interested in what sort of specs ppl are running ... I'm interested in 
> going with an 8xSAS drive system, dual-dual-core, figuring 10 or 16G of RAM ... 
> redundant power and the Dell Remote Access Card ...
> Thanks ...

I will make a general comment about these servers.   Dell servers really 
only rack nicely in Dell Racks.   You *can* get them racked in other 
standard racks but it can be painful.   Depending on how many you are 
purchasing you might want to factor in the Dell Rack cost.

In general I would say the few PowerEdges we use have been rock solid in 
terms of hardware.   Dell does put some effort in this department.

Unfortunately I cannot comment on FreeBSD on these devices, we only have 
Linux (RedHat and now Gentoo) on the server.   One day they will let me 
on the box :)



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