Interesting question from a customer/end user perspective.
My advice is not to use the HP DL380 G5 systems for anything today, if you can avoid it? They are unfavorable for power, performance, support and compatibility reasons. A few examples:
- RAM is very limited on this model.
- Any SATA SSD used on a Smart Array P400-era controller (2005-2008) will be stepped-down to run at 1.5Gbps speeds (187.5 Megabytes/second). You'll lose any sequential IO performance of the SSD in this situation.
The Dell R710 has a few better options, as it's a generation newer than the HP G5 system. Being Perc/LSI controllers, you have access to more compatible SSDs, and can also augment the selection with newer RAID controllers.
More of this is going to depend on your actual performance goal, OS, application and budget. I wouldn't recommend enterprise SSDs for the servers you've described either. I rarely use disk form-factor SSDs on current-generation servers, instead opting for PCIe-based solutions. That removes the hardware RAID controller complexity and potential bottlenecks. They fit my use case, but also mean that software RAID and monitoring become more important.
Can you describe more about your environment?