For some time we've purchased our servers in components from Tech Data and built them ourselves to save money. I'm wondering if anyone can help us find a solution provider who can meet or beat our current pricing and add value to that. We're looking for as many of the following as possible:
Offers Opteron solutions
on-site support option
If someone you use or have used meets most of these criteria, please let me know!
Ok, let me rephrase. I'm looking for a solution provider for building the servers themselves. I'm not asking about internet service, T1's or anything else. I'm also not looking for advice on why I should continue building themselves.
If you have experience with someone that meets the criteria I mentioned above, I would love to hear from you!
I was very happy with my experience with Chong Lee at Apaq Digital. He's all over these boards ([email protected]) Very knowledgable. No on-site support option, and no OS support (although he will load several flavors of linux.) But everything else is a good fit for what you ask. Opterons, low prices, build-to-order, fast and professional: check.
I always want to buy a server from Apaq or other companies. But I always end up building it myself and it always ends up being a couple hundred less than the list price on their site or ebay auction. Just my experience (mostly building barebones Supermicro).
Well yeah, it's cheaper to do it yourself. And I agree that it is physically easy to put all the parts together. But it's not trivial to select all the right components to build an optimized server. It's not hard exactly, but you really have to be up on the marketplace. And things change fast in the hardware world. How many hours are you going to read hardware tech sites on the web in order to save a couple hundred bucks? Sometimes letting somebody who specializes in doing it is best.
Chong is very knowledgeable. I wish he can accept international credit card as payment method. Other providers I have worked with is Rackmounts Etc and Rackmount Micro. You cant go wrong with any of them
Chong with Apaqdigital.com is building our first order from him. I've been happy with my experience so far (better server and price than what we've been building ourselves). Thanks for the recommendations everyone!
I always want to buy a server from Apaq or other companies. But I always end up building it myself and it always ends up being a couple hundred less than the list price on their site or ebay auction.
Who pays list price? Many server builders are willing to negotiate a bit, especially if you need more than one server. We used to build all of our servers ourselves, but then found that we can have them built professionally for the same price or just a few bucks more.