Which Proliant Server

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2010-04-19

I am looking for some general guidance.

At present I have a compaq proliant 8000 and on this i have sbs 2003 and it is running exchange 2003 for a small company.

I am thinking it is time to upgrade this server. I am looking to host just exchange, sharepoint and microsoft CRM 3.0 on this server and then use the old one for a third party application.

Please can you provide some idea of really good proliant servers that i should go for. Natually I don't have the budget for top end new equipment. It will be what i can find on ebay etc.,

Question by:sunny-j
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    If a Proliant 8000 is coping with the job at the moment then a DL380 G5 with 1 relatively slow CPU will be able to do the same job. I'd go for a base model E5320, 1 extra GB of RAM on top of the 2GB it comes with, a 512MB battery backed cache upgrade and 8 73GB 15K disks. You might want a redundant PSU. The reason I have said go for 3GB rather than the max 4GB for Windows 32bit is because of the PCI hole only lets you see 3.25 or 3.5 GB unless you enable PAE which slows it down a bit.

    You are adding 2 applications but it is unlikely to have much extra work to do unless you're getting more staff. Since all the apps are I/O rather than CPU intensive I would put all the disks in 1 array and slice it up into several logical disks for OS, logs, exchange data, CRM data etc. since you do not have enough spindles to dedicate individual ones to individual tasks. Logs should really be seperate from the data disks but they often share the same disks in a SAN so why not in a stand-alone server. Use RAID 10 throughout if you can afford the space and define the logical disks for the logs and other stuff that you want to be fast first so they are on the outside of the platters where it's faster.
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    On second thoughts the 8000 had 21 disks so it might be better to get a ML370 G5, then you can put 16 disks in it for faster I/O.
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    What's your price range?  Once you provide that I'll have some idea what to suggest.

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    thanks guys, the price range is probably between £1500 and £2000 and as said, i am seeking cast off equipment! thanks.
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