My recommendation at least for web appliance type servers is the Sun Cobalt RAQ or XTR servers. They are 1U in size, so theoretically you could fit 40 in a standard full rack - though this isn't all that wise for various reasons.
Prices are something like IR£3,350 (ex VAT) for a 450 MHz Intel compatible box with 512MB and dual 30GB hard drives setup with RAID 1 disk mirroring. Comes preconfigured with Cobalt's version of linux and comes with apache, sendmail, DNS, etc already running. Has a web based admin facility that is really simple to use.
There are cheaper options with less memory, disk space and processor that might be less than £2K. There are higher spec models up to 933MHz. We intend on getting some of these for basic levels of web hosting. www.cobalt.com for more info. BCS computers in Limerick do them, or you could contact Horizon also who would put you in touch with a local dealer.
More advanced hosting solutions we will be doing with the excellent IBM xSeries rack mountable eServer 330 and 350, but these are from the £4,500 to £10,000 range so not likely to be in your range. They come preconfigured with the excellent Caldera OpenLinux eServer 2.3 though if you want. All certified for Oracle, which is a bonus for us.
If you were interested in Sun Solaris boxes, then rack mountable (2u I think) start around £4,000. Not bad for a Sparc box. We'll be going after these for hosting Oracle.
Oracle database and e-business services
From: cork-admin at linux.ie [mailto:cork-admin at linux.ie]On Behalf Of Jev
Sent: 03 May 2001 8:47 AM
To: cork at linux.ie
Subject: [CLUG] 1U server suppliers?
Does any one know of any suppliers that do rackmount servers 1U and up
in Ireland? Im not very interested in the likes of Dell, HP, compaq or
any of the very big players.
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