[nSLUG] used servers
jim at on-site.ns.ca
Thu Nov 3 14:01:00 ADT 2011
Just a cautionary note about the lovely hardware that Dop has let us know about.
If using for a server or play thing they may require SCSI drives. Unless you have a
source for low cost pulls, they may not be the least expensive way to go. Also most
older SCSI drives were, compared to today, very low capacity.
These older units were quite power hungry compared to the recent hardware. I ran a test
server here with Dual quad core CPUs and 4 SAS drives on test / configuration, for about
2 months. This was new hardware, a Proliant 350 G6. It added nearly $60.00 to my power
bill!! That is about $720 a year.
These units give off heat and may have noisy fans to keep them cool. May not be the
friendliest units to have in a small space.
You can see that with these considerations, an ATOM based motherboard in a small desktop
case may cost upfront cash, but may be cheaper and more compatible in your surroundings
over the long run.
Just some things to be aware about. I was all excited about getting some free used DEC
systems a while back. Till I found out they were water cooled and needed 20Amp service.
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