[Novalug] Looking for server vendor
franklin at elfie.org
Sun Dec 10 11:23:03 EST 2006
You're saying Xeon, which is an Intel-specific thing. Is AMD's
Opteron acceptable? Sun has some very nice Opteron systems  which
they support with Linux. If not Dell has some nice servers, too.
Everything I mention here has hot-swappable drives. I'd suggest
getting a system that supports at least five drives. That lets you
have a RAID1 mirror for the OS and your three-disk RAID5 for
storage. I've worked with all these systems myself and they're all
Dell will sell you and pre-load RHEL4. If you call them instead of
going through they website, they may do RHEL3. RHEL3, mind you, has
just entered the long term maintenance phase of its lifecycle. In
about four years, it'll be unsupported by Red Hat entirely. Unless
there's some specific reason you're sticking with RHEL3, I'd suggest
going up to RHEL4 or waiting until Q1 07 for RHEL5.
Dell 2950 can take up to 4 SATA or up to six 3.5" SAS drives or eight
2.5" SAS drives.
Dell 6850 has a slow 800MHz FSB, so I'd avoid it. The other Dell
systems have 1333MHz FSBs, and perform much better even with a lower
processor clock speed.
Dell 6950 is an Opteron system with up to five SAS drives, and for
memory-bound applications one of the fastest systems I've used.
Sun has an (AMD Opteron) SunFire 4100 or 4200 with four 2.5" SAS
bays. The 4100 gets it by losing the DVD drive.
SunFire v40z (AMD Opteron) has five SATA or SCSI drives.
If you need a truly stupid amount of storage, the Sun 4500  takes
forty-eight (48) SATA drives slotted in from the top for up to 24TB
of space today with 500GB drives.
If you get a RHEL subscription, you can download the ISOs from http://
rhn.redhat.com/, but they only have CD images. When I get in to work
on Monday, I'll send you a script that takes a directory of CD images
and turns it into a single DVD image. It used to be on
people.redhat.com, but I guess the guy who wrote it quit.
On Dec 10, 2006, at 7:58 AM, Igor Birman wrote:
> RAID-5, 3 drives, 500GB usable space. Redhat Enterprise Server 3 -
> software RAID is ok, but where do I get a copy of Redhat 3? Can I
> download it from redhat if I purchase a subscription?
> John Franklin <franklin at elfie.org> wrote:
> How much RAID? RAID1? RAID5? 73G of storage or multiple TB of
> On Dec 8, 2006, at 1:07 PM, Igor Birman wrote:
>> I need to build or buy a server with a Xeon chip and RAID by
>> Tuesday. Can anyone recommend a vendor?
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