On 7/13/09, Peter <peterp...@aboutsupport.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> We are about to buy 1U rack mount server for the office. The server room
> is small and close to meeting room so we have two priorities:
>
> 1)Good FreeBSD support.
> 2) Low noise level (!)
>
>
> Speed is not a priority, system load will be small.
>
> Which one will you recommend ?
>
>
>
> HP DL160G5 E5405 2x1GB 2x250GB NHP-SATA CD-DVD Combo 3y
> carepack;Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor E5405 (2.00 GHz, 80W, 1333MHz
> FSB);Supports up to 64 GB of PC2-5300 (DDR2-667) and up to 32 GB of
> PC2-6400 (DDR2-800) fully buffered DIMMs (DDR2-667) with Advanced ECC;
> Two embedded NC105i PCIe Gigabit Server Adapters;Five USB ports (two
> front, one internal, two rear);650W Power Supply (Non-Hot Plug,
> Autoswitching);Rack (1U)
>
> VS:
>
> IBM x3250 M2 1 x  Xeon Q3330 QuadCore 2.66GHz/1333MHz FSB Hyper
> Threading with EM64T, 6MB Cache, 2x1024MB ECC DDR2, 2 x 250 GB SATA/SAS
> HDD HotSwap, OpenBay Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Hot Swap, Integrated
> RAID-1, 1x351W, DVD/CD-RW, Dual LAN 10/100/1000, 3 year on-site warranty
>
> VS:
>
> DELL(tm) PowerEdge(tm) R200           1       
> Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor X3210 2.13 GHz / 1066 MHz FSB / 8 MB           
> SAS
> 6/i Integrated RAID Controller Card for SATA and SAS Hard Drives,
> RAID 0,1                      
> 2GB 800MHz ECC Unbuffered DDR-2 SDRAM                 
> 2 х 250GB, SATA, 3.5-inch, 7.2K RPM Hard Drive (Cabled)                       
> Slim DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive                    
> R200 PCI-E Riser Card (2 x PCI Express slots)                 
> dual embedded Broadcom(R) Gigabit Ethernet NIC                        
> Sliding Rack Kit for Dell Racks (Rapid Rails) 
>
>
> Prices are almost the same :-)
>
> Please recommend.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Peter         


I'd recommend looking at any one of the iXsystems -- who is the
organization behind pcbsd.  FreeBSD support is practically guaranteed.


Building your own box is more likely to support naturally and best
option than HP/IBM/Dell if you want complete customization -- but you
or your company may prefer a commercial support option if things go
awry.

Good luck.
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