We have been using Dell since early 2001. in fact, I have one comming up on two 
years uptime. (FreeBSD 4.4, Yeah, I know, but I just can't bring myself to shut 
it down to upgrade). Raid works well, new SAS systems work well, no burn CPUs 
or Memory. Lots of great online and on phone support. 

I tried sourcing some 1u and 2u systems elsewhere (no names please), and in the 
end the Dells with 3 Year silver support and Waranttee were the same price, in 
a couple ways cheaper.

As for speed, they seem to middle of the pack. BUT remember ... bus speed, 
memory speed, disk access, are all sky high anyways, so speed may not bee an 
issue anyways, even with slower systems.

About the only negative thing I have to say is that I was not at all impressed 
with the DRAC III/XT cards. The new generation 4 and 5 cards seem to be better 

I had some problems with freeBSD 6.0 freezing, but the same hardware is running 
6.2 with no issues now. I am sure that was a FReeBSD quotas problem anyway.

Even a simple 24 port managed switch I have works good.

My two cents,

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Terry Sposato 
  To: 'Eric Crist' ; 'User Questions' 
  Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 11:04 PM
  Subject: RE: Recommended servers for FreeBSD

  On Oct 29, 2007, at 2:15 PM, Byung-Hee HWANG wrote:

  > Hello,
  > On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 12:05 -0500, Eric Crist wrote:
  >> On Oct 29, 2007, at 11:04 AM, Byung-Hee HWANG wrote:
  >> How do HP servers compare to Dell? We're Dell fans here, but always
  >> willing to look at something better.
  > I do not know about Dell well. However i *really* want to use Dell 
  > if i
  > have a chance. I think Dell is also good friend of FreeBSD.

  If you're looking for a Dell recommendation, I'll give you one. 
  I've had nothing but great luck with them. So far, all their 
  hardware I've tried to use has been supported. There are rumors that 
  their newest systems have gigabit network cards that FreeBSD doesn't 
  have a stable driver for, so you're forced to install an Intel or 
  other one in one of the available PCI slots.

  RAID works great, hot swap and the whole works. Even the RAID 
  battery status comes up in dmesg appropriately.

  We tend to use used systems, as we're not in need of the fastest 
  systems out there, but we're looking at buying a couple brand-new 
  within the next month or so. If you're interested, trying buying a 
  box on eBay (great prices), and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

  Eric F Crist
  Secure Computing Networks

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  Sorry for the awkward posting but I am at work so hence using a Windows
  machine with Outlook.
  I have attached a dmesg output of a Dell 2950 machine we recently purchased
  and have running flawlessly on FreeBSD amd64 6.2-RELEASE.
  Everything works great, didn't have to fiddle around with anything, GENERIC
  kernel picked up everything also.



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