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    Who has the craziest server?

    I'm always amazed when looking at the end of pc magazine where we see 8u servers with 48x1TB hdd. Who has this kind of monster anyway?

    I was wondering who has the most crazy servers here:

    - Who has the most processor cores?

    - Who has the most RAM ?

    - Who has the most HDD space?

    If you think you have a crazy server, let us know!

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    I would just like to know how much watts that 8U will take.

    I don't qualify for any question.

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    I would just like to know how much watts that 8U will take.
    They have 1350W redundant power supply.

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    I only ask because my cousin's original 3U didn't hold enough power for the 16x750GB that most 3U's use so he had to upgrade the power supply to 1000. Had 650W redudant PSU (Zippy EMacs).

    And finding the same manufacturer to upgrade the power was difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peruviantalk View Post
    I only ask because my cousin's original 3U didn't hold enough power for the 16x750GB that most 3U's use so he had to upgrade the power supply to 1000. Had 650W redudant PSU (Zippy EMacs).

    And finding the same manufacturer to upgrade the power was difficult.
    Chances are that was a really old 650 watt zippy PS, we have plenty of new 650 watt 80+ efficient power supplies running 16/18 drive bay servers and not running anywhere near the rated power. The older power supplies ran at 60 to 65% efficiency meaning the power supply wasted 35 to 40% of the power in waste heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WebDevourer View Post
    I'm always amazed when looking at the end of pc magazine where we see 8u servers with 48x1TB hdd. Who has this kind of monster anyway?

    I was wondering who has the most crazy servers here:

    - Who has the most processor cores?

    - Who has the most RAM ?

    - Who has the most HDD space?

    If you think you have a crazy server, let us know!


    The craziest server(s) would be non x86 / CISC setup, Some of the IBM power6 setups are pretty impressive, but no one on WHT would ever use them. So back on topic...

    For core count we have been testing some of the new 8 cpu quad core AMDS, as of now they are the KING in core count, they are a bit slower per core than their intel counterpart, but as of now intel is limited to 4 sockets.

    As far as ram goes, 128GB has been common and not too crazy, the more impressive setups are the 512GB setups, and expect 1TB to become somewhat mainstream in the next year or two.

    Drive wise, 24 drive bays have become common, however the server you listed seems to be a big waste of space, check out the SUN thumper its a much better use of space. If you want massive storage you need to go SAN setups, Petabyte racks are now pretty easy to get, so long as you have the $$$

    What you don't get is all in one setup, the best I have seen are 32 drive 8 cpu / 32 core setups.
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    2 post racks are evil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WebNX View Post
    If you want massive storage you need to go SAN setups, Petabyte racks are now pretty easy to get, so long as you have the $$$
    I was recently into seeing options to expand space as I am in need of more right now that is why we had that 1000 watt upgrade but SAN is pretty damn expensive 1000+ per TB? No thanks. I would rather buy the drives myself and pay the bigger amount for the RAID cards.

    So if your in a budget I guess isn't 8U 40x1TB / NFS the best way to go about things put it on a switch and pool the bandwidth with several GiGe ports because this is something I was told I should do since I don't have the $$$ for a petabyte SAN as of yet.

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    The Sun 'Thumper' is really nice - http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4500/

    48 x 1TB drives in 4u :-)

    They do sound like they're gonna take off when you switch them on though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by porcupine View Post
    Uh, why are your servers on 2 post telco racks?!
    Quote Originally Posted by scooby2 View Post
    2 post racks are evil!
    What's wrong with the two post racks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RelativeDesign View Post
    What's wrong with the two post racks?

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    Unless you use mid mounting brackets/rails, they'll droop before too long. (assuming 1u/2u)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RelativeDesign View Post
    What's wrong with the two post racks?

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    Nothing, if your servers are < 12" deep. Otherwise, physics says no. Servers are designed to go on 4 position mounts, not 2 position mounts.

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    Servers are designed to go on 4 position mounts, not 2 position mounts.
    a good point.

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