we're currently looking for a cheap, but reasonably powerful, server to collect analytics and act like a firewall for our Web Application server.
It seems a PowerEdge 1750 or 1850 would do the job nicely, but they both appear to only accept SCSI harddrives (both use a PERC 4 controller). SCSI are obscenely expensive and unnecessary for the task at hand, but we would still like RAID 1. Is it possible to use a SATA HD with these two servers? (For example, could we install a SAS 6/iR instead?)
It just seems crazy that we have to use SCSI HD when everything else to do with the server is fine.
Thanks for any help.