We're a small shop from an IT standpoint and buy almost all of our server and network hardware from gray market supplies—typically via eBay. I'm interested in developing a more rigorous testing process prior to deploying this gray market hardware into production. What hardware stress tests, test suites, etc. are recommended for this scenario?
Note: For this question, I'm not interested in debating the merits of buying new hardware or gray market hardware. Given our size and budget, we believe that buying off the gray market—whether used or new hardware—gives us the best bang for our buck. Thanks.
Typical Server Configurations
- Servers: IBM x335, x345, and HS20 blades
- HDDs: SCSI running in RAID1 or RAID5 configurations
- OS: Ubuntu Server 8.04LTS or 9.10