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Re: Correct choise of servers

On Thu, 20 Feb 2003 23:20, echelon wrote:
> I’m trying to get some new servers, but I’m not quiet sure that I’m
> buying the right hardware.

It appears from the web page that you are buying for price, this is risky as 
there are many features of designed server machines that will greatly improve 
reliability.  Better fans, better testing and QA.

For Linux servers I've found Dell servers to work well.  Well designed and 
engineered, and they perform really well under heavy load.

Another thing, I recommend making the hardware the same as much as possible.  
You don't really want to have three different motherboards in three different 
machines.  That means there's more chance of hitting bugs.  If you have three 
the same and there's a bug then you can often implement a work-around, or get 
them returned.  If there's a bug in one then you will probably take longer to 
discover it, and having different work-arounds for different machines is a 
pain to manage.

If your aim is to use cheap desktop machines as servers for a small ISP then 
it might be best to ask on debian-user for general hardware issues.

http://www.coker.com.au/selinux/   My NSA Security Enhanced Linux packages
http://www.coker.com.au/bonnie++/  Bonnie++ hard drive benchmark
http://www.coker.com.au/postal/    Postal SMTP/POP benchmark
http://www.coker.com.au/~russell/  My home page

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