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zonereyrie
zonereyrie
Dear Lazyweb - server geeks
It looks like I'll be in the market for new server hardware ASAP, and from past comparisons, recommendations, preferences, etc, I'm looking solely at Opteron systems, and primarily Sun hardware. Both usagijer and solipsistnation have sung the praises of the Sun Fie V20z and V40z. But I'm also looking at the X2100, X4100, and X4200. The plan is to run VMware ESX server and primarily Win2k3, with some Linux (probably CentOS). Right now I think the X2100 is probably too low end, but it is cheap. I'm most likely looking at dual-core Opterons in whatever I get. The other issue is it isn't clear if the x2100 and x4100 support ESX. The v20z/v40z definitely do, and the x4200 is in the list - but it looks like only in boot-from-SAN. I'm kind of leaning towards a v20z with two dual-core Opteron 270s. I'd like to max it out with 16GB RAM, but maybe just 8GB to start considering the cost. All told it looks like it'll be $10k or so.

So, anyone have any input on these five systems? Feedback, good or bad, is welcome.

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jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: April 4th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Is this for work or home?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 4th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Work.

I only wish it were for home.
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: April 4th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You know what I think, but jut to reiterate, the V[24]0z's are spiffy.
From: bramsmits Date: April 4th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
X2100: low end, works. RAID supported by win2K/2K3 and possibly Linux but not yet Solaris. Cheap and chearful but not much redundancy.

X4200: nice kit, well built, not too expensive. Depending on what disk configuration you want it would probably stay under $10K even with dual cpu dual core 16G, and I suppose you've probably got some discount from list price? (I don't think _anyone_ pays list for Sun).

V40z: also nice kit, but big case, heavy, might be oversized for shallow racks, definitely a 2-person job to lift, and rather power hungry. Getting a bit outdated.

No experience with the 4100 and V20z.
blarglefiend From: blarglefiend Date: April 5th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
One thing that's bitten us is that at least some of the v20z units ship with earlier-revision Opterons which don't support segmentation. You can run 32-bit guests on them, but not 64-bit ones.

Finding out exactly what revision Opteron is in a box seems to be a bit tricky.

Apart from that I'm reasonably happy with our v20zs. They're a bit clunky compared to a SPARC box but that's pretty much to be expected.
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