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Redundant Power Supply-isn't this basically a piece that keeps the server cool? I do reside in Arizona though!
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition with 5 Client Licenses- what is the difference between this and Windows 2003 small business standard edition?
Dell support service- My corporate suggests 3Yr Same Day 4Hr Response Parts + Onsite Labor (7 Days x 24 Hours. This is what Dell sold them on, I was thinking on just geting the 3 Yr Bronze support.
I am looking at some servers in the Dell Factory Outlet and considering getting more memory, hard drive space or a second processor in place of the items listed above. Please let me know if you have any suggstions.
Dell is a great name and has good customer service. If you're interested in saving a lot of money and don't mind a little extra risk, I would also recommend looking at a custom computer dealer. One I recently used with success is Aberdeen. For high end machines, there is no comparison. Dell priced a comparable high-end computer at 4x what Aberdeen did and Aberdeen's hardware specs beat Dell's. I have also used Puget Custom Computers with mixed success.
These 3rd-party-vendors are cheap enough that you might consider buying a second server, as I did, to gain redundancy in your web operations while still saving money. I saved thousands of dollars and have the comfort of knowing I have a redundant server.
purchasing (I'm assuming US):
- the outlet, dell main site, and ebay are all relatively indistinguishable in terms of quality. And all three have all sorts of different prices depending on what the weather is like. Check all three. Do not assume that the outlet is cheaper or better. YOu can score unbelievable deals from either the main site or the outlet if you watch. I've got bunches of 600SC's for $249 last year (the 1600sc's baby brother). And I just bought a low end 750 and a loaded 1750, but paid top dollar because I wanted them fast.
- You should consider if you need redundant power and redundant (raid 1) hard drives. and whether you need windows OS - linux is free and runs fine if you can admin it.
If you don't feel the need for redundant anything, the 400sc or 700sc will probably do you - I don't see data transfer as a big thing. Otherwise you'll need the 1600sc or better. That is a tower server, not a rackmount by the way. Be aware that the power supplies on these dell servers tend to be just a bit different than stock off the shelf so if it does go, you're waiting for a shipment from Texas.
So if cost is primary, 400sc might actually do you. Smart money though is as above. Get a redundant power supply and a raid 1 system with scsi hard drives (not sata which are not as reliable). Or better yet, put together a proposal with the costs for a 400sc vs a 1600sc and let the brass decide if they want the redundancy.