HP ProLiant ML350 G5
The ProLiant ML350 G5 aims to combine quad-core processor technology, serial performance I/O and memory technology at a suitable price point for small budgets. The server is certified to work with Windows Server 2008, Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. It has been designed to help small-to-medium-sized organisations optimise their IT infrastructure and achieve a higher level of continuity, efficiency and security and offers reliability, expandability, performance and environmental features. The G5 has dual socket, dual redundant hot plug power supplies and fans and a dual purpose chassis that can support either 2.5-inch (SFF) or 3.5-inch (LFF) SAS or SATA drives. Quiet fans suit the small office environment, while Integrated Lights-Out 2 technology provides secure and dedicated remote management and control. The included SmartStart software is designed to be easy for administrators to use and gets the server up and running in three steps. While operating, HP Systems Insight Manager keeps an eye on the server and provides customised system alerts.
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RRP from $2599
Asus claims its TS500-E5 tower server caters to businesses that require high performance and scalability, particularly for mission-critical applications, and offers customisable I/O choices using Asus’ Pike technology. Providing levels of flexibility and mass storage capacity, the TS500-E5 supports four hot-swappable HDDs by default and comes with an optional hard disk expansion kit to allow support for up to eight HDDs. The optional SAS upgrade kit, Pike, also allows the TS500-E5 to utilise a wide range of RAID functions, which ensures data storage is more reliable and convenient for users, according to the vendor. The server supports DDR2 memory for minimal power consumption and has 24GB memory capacity. It is based on Asus’ Flex-E technology to allow PCI-E expansion and auto-switching slot bandwidth. Using PCI-E x 16 (x 16 link) the server is also able to support a professional graphics card. The TS500-E5 includes 16X VGA and dual 650W power supplies for redundant functionality, rendering it reliable and stable to support round-the-clock business critical operations, Asus claims.
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IBM System x3200 M2
The IBM System x3200 M2 is a single-socket tower server designed to meet a wide range of business needs and changing requirements. IBM claims the x3200 provides flexible storage options that allow users to optimise storage capacity, protect critical data and maximise overall system performance, while supporting legacy hardware and protecting IT investments. The server has integrated and optional systems management offerings aimed at reducing system outages and enhancing administrator productivity, as well as availability features, such as redundant power, to deliver maximum system and user productivity. Users have the choice of either Intel’s Xeon quad-core or dual-core processor, up to 2GB standard memory/8GB DDR2 667MHz, or 800MHz maximum memory up to 1.17TB maximum capacity via eight SAS 2.5-inch HDDs, or up to 4TB maximum capacity via four 3.5-inch SATA HDDs. The list of features also includes hot-swappable and redundant power supplies, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive and integrated slotless hardware RAID-0, -1 for enhanced data protection (model dependent). An optional upgrade to RAID-5 support is available.
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