Last Updated: 27 July 2008
In this category of servers the main priority is low cost, with reliability as a close second consideration. Price has always been the number one concern of most Malaysian buyers.
While performance is important, we do not consider it a vital part of building a budget server; it is merely something that is considered when price and reliability have been established. This is not to say that performance is ignored because an efficient server will mean better productivity for the users depending on the server. Platform stability is also a priority and in this respect, many of our clients have always settled for servers based on the Intel® IA-32 architecture. Although AMD's OpteronTM is a strong contender, the lack of a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2003 is somewhat hampering its acceptance in small business environments.
Monitor, Server Chassis & Power Supply Unit
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster™ 591S 15" monitor Chassis: HEC Compucase S411 4U chassis
HEC 460DR 460W EPS/GES 12V PSU
Sound Card & Networking
Sound Card: None
PRO/1000 82547EI Controller and one Intel®
PRO/100+ 82551QM Controller
A sound card is not required on a server!
We are recommending the Intel® Entry Server Board SE7210TP1-E onboard Ethernet solution, powered by Intel's own Gigabit and Fast Ethernet controllers. The Gigabit controller runs off the Northbridge's Communication Streaming Architecture (CSA) port and should ensure speedy connection to the corporate Gigabit backbone whereas the Fast Ethernet port should serve well as the gateway to a broadband Internet connection and/or, a wireless network.
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