> 
> We are in the position to have to replace an intel ISP1100 which has
> been running as our primary server for some time. As a potential
> replacement we are looking at a Dell 2650 dual processor raid5 server,
> specs below.   Up until now, the ISP1100 with a P3 800 and 1GB of PC100
> RAM has been handling the load like a fine workhorse, but anything
> purhcased now is well beyond those specs.  Does anyone have any first
> hand experiences, caveats, warnings, or commendations for this server if
> it is to use FreeBSD 4.9 as a dns/radius/website with extensive
> PostgreSQL database usage.

We had a 2650 for a while and I was using it for development with FreeBSD.
It worked fine - until another group here stole it for their stuff so we
had to come up with a different machine a 1550 and a 4650, both of which
also run FreeBSD fine.  The 4650 has a raid controller, but we haven't
made much use of it for raid stuff yet.

You might want to get larger disks.   The 18GBs are already small in
this world.   I think they have 36GB that do 15k RPM, though I think
that on the list I looked at last week at DELL the 72 GB disk only
did 10K RPM.

////jerry

> PowerEdge 2650
> Processor 2x Intel Xeon 2.4GHz
> Memory 1.0GB DDR, 2X512 DIMMS
> Hard Drive Backplane 5 Bay (1x5) Hot Plug SCSI Hard Drive Backplane
> Hard Drive Configuration On-Board RAID 5
> 1st Hard Drive 18GB 15K RPM Ultra 320 SCSI
> 2nd Hard Drive 18GB 15K RPM Ultra 320 SCSI
> 3rd Hard Drive 18GB 15K RPM Ultra 320 SCSI
> 4th Hard Drive 18GB 15K RPM Ultra 320 SCSI
> 5th Hard Drive 18GB 15K RPM Ultra 320 SCSI
> Primary Controller PERC3-DI, 128MB Battery Backed Cache, 2 Internal Ch-
> Embedded RAID
> Floppy Drive 1.44MB Diskette Drive
> First Network Adapter Intel Pro 100S NIC w/ or w/o IP SEC Encryption
> Optical Device 24X IDE Internal CD ROM
> Power Supplies Redundant Power Supply, without Y-cord
> Rack Rails VersaRails for Non-Dell 4-Post Rack
> 
> Apprecite comments;
> 
> Dave
> 
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