Originally Posted by Rbeasley14
Hello I'm new here and not sure what section this should be in. Also a bit of a server noob
So I have the job of getting the servers for a network with around 50 devices all together connecting to it. My question is about rack servers, I need 3 servers for all of this (I have the layout, switches, cabling set up). But in terms of servers I'm nowhere. I have picked this enclosure
HP BL cClass c7000 Single-Phase Enclosure | Ebuyer.com
Which to my knowledge is just the enclosure? With PSU and fans, it has 10U so I'm planning on getting 3 servers 2U max (need space for expansion) can anyone recommend 3 servers?
The work through the business will be admin work and multimedia applications used for creating interactive media (Adobe Creative Cloud Collection). There's no specific budget but cheaper the better.
Any help would be great, pretty stuck right now.
this is not a rack.
this is a blade server chassis.
it takes up 10 units of rack space it has space for 16 blades. you will only be able to use blades that fit the chassis...
very different from ordinary rack servers...
Do you have a requirement to use blade servers?
You'll probably find it easier and cheaper (especially in the long run when you have an obsolete chassis holding old blades because they are legacy or something being in the way of your progress!
certainly if you only need three servers at the moment I would not get locked into a specific blade chassis, as you may find it hard to buy new blades later!
Do you have any idea about what sort of server you need?
what are your processor requirements?
what are your RAM requirements?
what storage requirements?
do you require RAID? with battery backup? or hot swap on disks?
are you using local storage or do you need shared storage?
do you have any plans for virtualisation or consolidation of servers?
Why do you need three servers? - are you sure you can't use two by consolidating services, or are you sure it's enough? (do you need more than one host for a service for redundancy, or to reduce single points of failure.?)
how much rack space do you actually have (in standard rack units?)
when you say the cheaper the better...
cost of a blade is around £3k - £7k
that's a 7k blade...
a simillar performing ordinary server
HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 - Xeon E5-4640 2.4 GHz - Monitor : none. - King of Servers
£2k (the processors are a bit different. the blade has 2x8 2.8G core, the servers has 4x4 core 2.4G) both have 64GB RAM...
personally... I'd forget about blades