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What server do I have? [on hold]

Could anyone identify the producer of the server below? Or at least, identify is there IPMI module? http://i.stack.imgur.com/sq2RZ.jpg And here's the front: http://i.stack.imgur.com/swdWU.jpg
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Hardware for revive adserver, starting at 50 million adviews/month [duplicate]

I'm about to set-up a revive adserver(formerly known as OpenX source) for our company. We have about 15 million page views/month with our websites, and we want to display ads (50 million/month) on ...
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Commodity hardware related, i'm searching for a ILO, BMC, ALOM and in general IPMI alternate solution [closed]

I'm searching for a composite solution to have the same features of an IPMI controller on commodity hardware independently from arch/model and without excessive device dependencies. Essentially the ...
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Server setup hardware configuration for performance [duplicate]

We have developed an application using .Net ASP.Net MVC 4, SQL Server 2008 R2. Now we need to host it in a client environment in Sweden. So far we have developed in our local machine and now we are ...
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is there a better PROCESS for picking office printers? [closed]

I run a small Mac/Linux/Android network and finding options for our new printer has been difficult. We have a few criteria, and as you all know, the market is pretty convoluted, with long feature ...
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General Advice about an archive solution. ~15tb and growing.

I need a better storage and archive system for my small business's files. Specifically the files are completed video projects. Beyond time and cost limitations what is holding me back is I don't ...
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Things to consider for a mid-tower PC to be mounted in a van [closed]

I need to adapt an existing mid-tower case PC to be mounted in a van for data acquisition. Is there any advice on how to avoid vibrations and shocks to eventually damage the PC? The van is already ...
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Parameterize cost of hardware [closed]

I'm trying to get a quick and dirty approximation of cost given a generic set of parameters for a server (for instance, I know the CPU clock speed and number of cores, but I don't have a particular ...
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best setup for fast sustained streaming (sequential?) disk writes

i am setting up a high speed/high resolution scientific image acquisition system. i need data write rates of ~1 GB/sec sustained for ~1 hour. i don't have experience with raid, but my plan is to ...
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IBM x3200 M3 - RAM compatibility

I've got my hands on a IBM x3200 M3 server. ESXi 5.1 is installed on it and more RAM would be much needed since there's only 2 GB installed for the moment. Does anyone know how it's working with RAM ...
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Hardware recommendation for Apache that handles large buffer requests [closed]

I have some crawling nodes that send large chunks of POST messages to a PHP/Apache server running on Ubuntu ~ 200 requests each second ~ each request 100 lines of text . currently for development I ...
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how do dual processors handle 4 dimms

I'm looking at using dual Xeon E5-2620s on a server build. They support quad channel memory. If I have 4 dimms, will the two processors see it collectively as quad rank, or each processor see a dual ...
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How do I stream video fast and what is required? [closed]

My school is setting up a professional television studio that is going to be recording a 1080p stream into a server I am expected to design with a $5000 budget. I do not know what format the video ...
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What server specs would be needed to handle an ASP.NET website with the following usage? [closed]

I'm currently re-developing an ASP.NET website for a client and they want to upgrade their server hardware, but they're not sure to what. The current server specs are: AMD Athlon 3200+ with 2GB RAM, ...
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Sites with constantly updated info for Best Bang for your Buck components for system building? [closed]

Can anyone recommend their favorite website that maintains an up to date "best bang for your buck components to build your own pc" article. I recall coming across an excellent site where they listed ...
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1 tera flop cluster? [closed]

I want to buy a $40000 1 tera flop cluster to keep it in a room. What are the standard configurations? Cluster is supposed to do molecular dynamics simulations on biological systems. I'm proposed ...
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1answer
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Hadoop hardware disk choice [closed]

We're evaluating the options of setting up a large hadoop cluster. Now we actually have the choice to choose from these 3 setups: 300x server with 12x 1TB disk 150x server with 12x 2TB disk 100x ...
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Choosing Firewalls [closed]

What are the specs that you look for in a firewall? I'm looking at concurrent sessions and throughput. The sales person i spoke to is looking at number of users but that is not in the detailed specs. ...
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How to read network card specs [closed]

i am in the need of buying a rack server which will serve static video files to users. Each video file will be between 30MB and 50MB and we expect up to 16k concurrent users. I was looking for servers ...
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Virtualisation server for a small business: questions on design, hardware components and vendor [closed]

I need to build or buy a server in order to migrate a small business to its own infrastructure. The business has under 20 employees across 4 sites. Currently, the head office site (where this new ...
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What are some tips for cheap and solid hw raid controller card for running ESXi? [closed]

ESXi is great product, however little bit picky about hardware. Can you please reccommend me some hardware raid controllers which work 100% out of the box and are also price-efficient ? I know about ...
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Suggestions for a small lab server hardware [closed]

I'm looking for suggestions for a small lab I'm going to have to build. The requirements are as follows Virtualization support (so I can run vmware esxi, kvm, hyper-v, etc) - just a couple of ...
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What to look for in a hard drive that will be reformatted constantly? [closed]

should I be looking for certain features if I plan on repaving this drive a lot?
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Most important hardware criterions for virtualization [closed]

Just hoping this won't be closed so i try to ask exactly as i can. I'm in a need to buy a new server but my idea is to do many things as i can under virtualization. Because i'm a newbie in ...
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FreeBSD hardware recommendations [closed]

I'm looking for hardware to run FreeBSD. I really like the chassis of the Dell R210, because two of them can stack up on a shelf in my wiring closet and take up the space of a single tower (laying on ...
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How much horsepower is needed to have 100Mbit/sec OpenVPN throughput? [closed]

My small ALIX machine is not coping with the new demand for OpenVPN throughput I have. So I'm looking to replace it. Problem is, I don't have any experience with hardware sizing for OpenVPN. I'm ...
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PowerEdge Servers - Is the HotSwap Caddy Required? [closed]

I have a: PowerEdge 2970 Server Currently has just 1 160GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive I need to add 1-2 more hardrives. I found this one: ...
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How can I compare processor performance when building a server? [closed]

I'm building a server for our dev test environment. It only has to support a handful of users, but it still has to have enough power to manage a 100-gig SQL Server database. (Yes, I'll add a bunch of ...
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Virtual desktops on Windows Server 2008 [closed]

I've been asked to setup a Windows server, and also help purchase it. I am in academia, so educational discounts apply. However, we do not have an unlimited budget; it's around $6k. I'm looking for ...
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Barebones network appliance, 4+ GbE NICs, Intel chipset [closed]

Looking for a stepped-up ALIX or Soekris embedded network appliance to load pfSense and/or handle other FOSS-based network roles. Main criteria is a GbE NICs (will be used for core ...
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What is more important with a gaming dedicated server the processor or RAM? [closed]

I am just wondering what is more important for a dedicated server that will be running game servers (such as Minecraft, CS, Battlefield, etc) the processor or RAM? or does it change depending on the ...
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Digital Signage software + hardware [closed]

I'm trying to put together a digital signage sistem, just 1big screen tv + a small machine in the back to do the dirty work What do you reccomand as software + hardware ? any experiences ?
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Disks for hadoop, what do you recommend? [closed]

what is you recommendation about disks for Hadoop? Do you recommend using SAS, or just attaching disk over SATA? Or maybe something else? What are pros and cons of every option? (Decision about disk ...
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What inexpensive, reliable “pizza boxes” to buy? [closed]

I'm putting up an application cluster on three networks. Each cluster requires five lesser rack mounted machines (pizza boxes), and two greater pizza boxes. Price is an issue. The lesser pizza ...
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Video recording server configuration (in detail) [closed]

You have answered my question, but I now have more detailed ones that I need answered. In short, I need a server that is high on HDD capacity to record RTP streams from many IP cameras. I asked my ...
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Web App Server hardware question. Which configuration? [closed]

I am pricing some new servers and I am not sure which configuration to get. The server will be running several web applications for our company. Some of them are ASP.Net sites and some are ColdFusion. ...
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Installing non HP drives into an ML350 G6 [closed]

Basically, complete n00b here when it comes to servers. I'm looking to purchase an ml350 G6 and install some regular sata hard drives into it - is this possible? I would obviously buy the LFF version ...
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Hardware Selection for windows 2008 foundation [closed]

I'm going to be playing admin for my brother's small business. At max 5 users will log on to this system using remote access. Following applications will be run - Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat - ...
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On what should i not be pennywise buying a machine for SqlServer 2008? [closed]

i'm going to do a project for a client and i'll be hosting the database server myself. Normally it would be on my dev machine, but there will also be data pushed into it during developing and testing, ...
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Xeon X5550 vs Six-core Opteron for database server [closed]

I'm specing out a database server, and the price works out to be reasonably close between an Intel X5550 Quad-core and an AMD 2425HE (2.1Ghz) Six-core Opteron. I've been looking for some comparisons ...
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What hardware and software specifications would you have for purchasing a data-archival system? [closed]

If you had some money to spend (approximately CAD180,000) on hardware and software to set up a data-archival system. We have a quote from Isilon Systems however before the money is spent we have to ...
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Hardware recommendation for remote monitoring [closed]

We're working on a project that requires PCs to be deployed to various locations and report back various data to a central server, and are interested in a recommendation on the hardware to use. We ...
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Oracle hardware requirements and optimization [closed]

I'm an application developer. We have some reporting solution for our client on Oracle database 10g. They would like to speed up execution of some calculation stored procedures. Ok, I know about query ...
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Replacement Switch Suggestion [closed]

We're in the process of upgrading one of our racks from 100MB to 1GB. We currently have a 48 port unmanaged 100MB switch (3Com Baseline Switch 2250). Can anyone recommend a 48 port 1GB switch ideally ...
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Checklist for buying used servers [closed]

My company (non-profit) is looking to buy used servers rather than leasing them from a vendor or buying new ones. What are a list of checks / test (memcheck,fsck,etc.) we should run on the equipment ...
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Please recommend a good, simple flatbed scanner with ocr software for public use at a non-profit [closed]

We are replacing our current, outdated scanners and are looking for something simple to use.
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How can I set a Gigabit network instead of the 100Mb? [closed]

I'd like to know what kind of hardware I'll need to set up a Gigabit network in the company I work in. We're 12 workers with a few splitters and 3 servers. We already have a Gigabit router and 1 ...