We're in the process of purchasing 5 PE 2650s to learn and do some minimal hosting on in our small computer service office.
Problem is that this is a small office size wise (1000sq ft) and is completely open minus a small closet and a bathroom. We have a few partitions but nothing that's going to cut much noise. We purchased a Dell PE 2410 Rack (24U) to put these 5 2650's, 2 24port gigabit switches, and 2 APC 1500s. The plan was to put this in the "workshop" portion of our office where we fix client's computers etc. but my employee is concerned about the noise and how obnoxious it's going to be.
I may be ahead of myself a little here, we're only gotten about 3 of the 5 servers in so far and have only turned them on to the POST to make sure they booted. The fan levels have stayed pretty constant, but is there a utility in the bios to drop the RPM's down or another way I can help the noise?