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  1. #1
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    Place to purchase a couple servers...

    I'm looking for a place to buy some more servers pretty soon (in a month or two), and I would like some suggestions on where I should go.

    This will be a multiple server purchase, (1U & 2/3U) and I would like a company that I can form a relationship with (ie, order servers on demand from them)

    I've heard a lot about rackmounts etc, but their site is kind of under the weather...

    Are there any other places people know of? I'd like to shoot for the $1000 or less range.

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    Roy K.
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    Contact Brian directly at 'rackmountsetc' on AIM. Ignore the website.
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    Originally posted by drhonk
    check out http://www.rackmountsetc.com or http://www.featureservers.com
    http://www.featuredservers.com/ (you forgot the d )

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    Yupe.. that's it ... .. thanks ..
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    Yeah, I would say Rackmountetc would do the job nicely.

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    http://www.interpromicro.com

    Cheap and good quality...ignore the website and contact Bensen
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    For what it's worth, I can also testify to rackmountsetc.com being great, but ironsystems.com also looks promising.
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    Thanks guys, I'll check them out.

    I used Featured servers for my last server purchase of 3 servers. And didnt really care for the experience. It wasnt bad, I understand their situation (somewhat) but it just left a poor taste in my mouth.

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    Care to expand on your Featured Servers experience amish_geek?

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    Well, I started dealing with a guy there, Trevor, who got me all set up with a quote for 3 servers. (2.4ghz P4, 1gb ram, 2x40gb HD's w/ hardware IDE Raid, 1U 14"deep chassis, dual 10/100/1000mb lan) These servers were not going to have CD-Roms so an External USB CDRom was also included in the sale...

    There was a small hassle with sending payment (wire transfer from my Credit Union to a US Bank, who transferred funds to their canadian bank), then a week after they got payment, they had not shipped the servers, I emailed them asking when I would get a tracking number. They responded saying that they were unable to get the 14" chassis on time, and would be several weeks to get them. They asked if I would be ok with a full size 1U chassis that included a 52x CD-Rom in each chassis. I needed those servers ASAP, and agreed. A week later, I hear from them, they shipped 2 of the servers (Fed-ex international Next Day Air... I paid for 3-day ground), and the 3rd one was found to have a faulty powersupply connector on the motherboard.

    They didnt have any more of the motherboards that they used for my servers, and had to special order one from some supplier. The board was discontinued (so they say) and this supplier was the only one in 30 they tried that had one left in stock. So they will ship me the 3rd when they get the parts to finish it. They also said they would ship a rack rail kit with the 3rd to help support them in the rack.

    I take the 2 I received, install linux on them, and then drive 2 hours to my datacenter, only to find, upon installing them in the rack that the chassis were damaged. I didnt notice the damage when I was working on the server on the table in my office, only when putting them in the rack and gettng a square look at them did I notice it. Pics -> http://www.amishgeek.com/misc/servers/

    I already had the servers in the rack, and needed to use them ASAP. So I emailed featured servers, and showed them the pics. They said they would email me new chassis as soon as they arrive and I would be able to swap chassis myself and ship the damaged ones back, saving me the downtime from mailing them the server.

    3 weeks later, I get the 3rd server in the mail, get it set up, and find out that it is a different motherboard completely (MSI, while the first 2 were Tyan) But same setup, so I dont mind. This one has a good chassis, but no rail kit. I didnt even get the motherboard documentation and driver disks with this one like I did the others.



    I have 3 servers from them, they are working great, and I am happy with their performance, other than the damaged chassis. I am still waiting on a rail kit from them, and replacement chassis.

    I also understand that they were caught right in the middle of the rolling power outages in eastern canada, and some of the delays were due to that and were out of their control.

    I just did not care for the feeling of "Am I going to get my servers?" that I had when I was with them. I know they are a young company, and had good intentions (the overnighting me the servers, when I paid for 3-day). And I will possibly consider them again in the future once they have found their feet, and operate more smoothly.

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    two of my clients have nothing be great things to say about Iron Systems. I build my own so I haven't worked with them directly.

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    Originally posted by nickn
    For what it's worth, I can also testify to rackmountsetc.com being great, but ironsystems.com also looks promising.
    Hey Nickn

    Whats the ironsystems's price like?? Their site is confusing. Do they offer similar pricing to rackmountsect???

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    Their site looked higher priced than what you can get from rackmountsetc when you contact them and I didnt see any lower end systems on Iron's site.

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    yeah. pricing from their site seems expensive. But I just saw someone mention they brought A-120 P4 2.4 512MB 80GB for $610 from ironsystems. I wonder where he find that deal.

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    a 1U?

    find out how/where they got that pricing
    I'd be interested in a couple starting off.

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