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HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Vs Dell Poweredge 2950 III


Right im about to invest in some new equipment for the business and am looking at one of the 2 above servers. Does anyone have any experience with both or either?

The spec of the machine to start is as follows:

HP Proliant DL380 G5
Intel Quad-Core Xeon 2.5Ghz
4GB Ram
3x 146GB SAS Hotswap RAID5 (OS)
5x 146GB SAS Hotswap RAID5 (Storage)

Dell Poweredge 2950 III
Intel Quad-Core Xeon 2.5Ghz
4GB Ram
3x 146GB SAS RAID5 (OS)
5x 146GB SAS RAID5 (Storage)

Both are near identical specs and the price of the HP is slightly more, is it worth it?


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We are colocating just 1 SAN intially. Max of maybe 7-8 Servers total in the future. Not alot of bandwidth and doing L2 traffic only. Any issues with either the Dell or HP in the colo environment from a production standpoint. We have used a couple of Procurves in our environment, and the dell switches were freebies that were part of our last order.

Basically, it would look like this

ASA5510 serving as main headed VPN

2 Branch Offices connecting to it

One L2 Switch. 2 - 3 Seperate Vlans with a trunk port back out to the ASA5510

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