[lug] server spec
gsexton at mhsoftware.com
Thu Jun 14 12:21:15 MDT 2007
Nate Duehr wrote:
> I remember clearly which customers came and went doing maintenance on
> their hardware at the multiple data centers I worked at. And the
> people that owned racks full of PeeCee hardware, were in and out all
> the time, swapping things.
There's no question that PC hardware sucks. Power supplies die all over
the place, and anecdotally I've not seen any difference in performance
between the cheaper ones and the really more expensive ones. OTOH, I
haven't had a super-micro power supply die yet, but FWIW, I keep spares
for each model in use in my parts closet.
Fans are a chronic problem as well and not just in Rack Mounts. Of
course fan problems are somewhat more dependent on your environment. The
more pristine, the fewer fan problems. My wife's computer is always
having some kind of fan issue but then her cat lays on her desk next to
her computer, so it's literally filled with cat fur. The colo where I
keep my stuff is REALLY clean. I've had equipment there for two years
now, and there is no noticeable dust on it.
Most motherboards have onboard sensors that monitor fan speeds. It would
be pretty trivial to write a shell script that would monitor them and
Email if a failure happened. I once wrote an SNMP module that made
lm_sensor data available via net-snmp.
>REAL well-engineered servers shouldn't keel over dead at the first
>sign of an 85 degree room, or a little "hot spot" at their air intakes.
It would be interesting to put a 3 or 4 channel temperature data logger
in my rack and see what things look like.
I've got 4 SuperMicro 1U units, and I'm pretty happy with all of them.
Dell and IBM units are almost twice as expensive. I mean, Dell charges
$250 for a rail kit. I don't know about IBM, but I'm dead certain the
Dell isn't any better quality than a SuperMicro, not to mention their
service is just horrible. I have better things to do with my time than
speak to some guy in Bombay who's reading steps from a script.
I just bought a SuperMicro from ServersDirect.com
Intel Pentium® D 940 3.2GHz 2x2MB CPU(CP1051)
2 ea Kingston 1024MB DDR2 667MHz KVR667D2E5/1G(RM5071)
2 ea Seagate SATAII 160GB(HD1268)
INTEGRATED INTEL ICH7R 4-PORT SATA CONTROLLER (Supports RAID 0, 1, 5,
delivered for $1,401.72. A comparable Dell is around $2,300.
I admit, I had a used HP/Compaq ProLiant 1U that I was pretty impressed
with. It almost got me over my total hatred of all things Compaq. If
money were less of an object I would probably look at one of them.
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