We have been happily using the IBM x206 server series for nearly a year now which fit all our needs.
-It was a good price at about $500
-Had 5 plain old PCI slots
-Had 2 built in serial ports
-Had enough USB ports
But now it seems IBM has discountinued those models and we're in search for a new model to buy to fit our needs.
Can anyone suggest a server that will accomodate 2 serial ports, 2 nics, an internal modem and not break the bank? Another big consideration is how long they will likely produce the model. Switching servers every 8 months would suck. Building our own servers is also not something i'd like to consider either.
I have considered the sc430 by Delll, but it has PCI slots that I am not familiar with. Would those PCI slots accomodate the forementioned internal cards? Would the price of those cards be high? We're used to paying between $15 and $35 for each internal modem/serial port/nic card.
Thanks for any feedback.