[LON-CAPA-admin] Server Suggestions

H. K. Ng ng at martech.fsu.edu
Mon Mar 27 14:09:51 EST 2006

Hi Mark,

I brought at Dell 2850 last December and use it as a lib server. Have 
being pleased with it. Much faster in terms of access compared to the 
old one. I just got some funds to buy two more 2850. The 
configuration for the new servers is
1. Dual core (recommended by the tech quy here rather than 2 Xeon)
2. 4 GB RAM
3. Raid 1
4. SCSI drive

For the high/middle school project, I brought 2 AMD from Appro about 
2.5 years ago. Works well except the p/s for both servers died, one 
in less than 1 year and the other just recently. They are ok servers 
as access but I wouldn't use it as the lib server.


At 05:01 PM 3/25/2006, you wrote:
>Just putting this out there for some quick systems advice.
>We've been running 3 Dell Poweredge 2650's - Dual 2GHz Xeons, 2MB 
>RAM, dual power supply.
>One has a 3 disk RAID array and a tape backup. We have one spare 
>that I recently pressed into service. All 4 chasses(spelling of 
>plural?) are interchangeable, so if one dies (particularly the 
>library server), I just switch out the disks and keep going.
>They are now 3.5 years old, I'm seeing a few flaky SCSI issues on 
>the library servers (SCSI has gone offline a couple times in last 6 
>months, which creates a mild panic). They are off warranty/service.
>I'm getting ready to put in for funds for a replacement library 
>server. The idea would be to get two identical machines, so that if 
>one dies I can switch over to the other quickly. I'd then keep the 
>2650's going until they drop.
>Does anyone have suggestions? One obvious option is pick up two 
>2850s. How much of an advantage is a 6850? Are there suggestions of 
>nice AMD systems that people have been happy with? I'm looking for rackmount.
>Mark Lucas                          email: lucasm at ohiou.edu
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