Product Type: Hewlett Packard Server
Newest Review: ... expensive - but add in parts and it soon mounts up (disks, memory, processors - redundant items). One good feature since the G5's has b... more
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HP Proliant DL380 G7
Member Name: sbm1977
HP Proliant DL380 G7
Advantages: Expandable, reliable, powerful
Disadvantages: Costs soon add up
So we move on to the G7 and it's Sea of sensors. Whilst it takes a fair amount of time to boot (the black screen for about 20-30 seconds before bios screen appears is a bit worrying the first few times) we use these a lot. Simply because they are a great reliable box. On their own they aren't that expensive - but add in parts and it soon mounts up (disks, memory, processors - redundant items). One good feature since the G5's has been the inclusion of an onboard SD card slot, and USB port. This means if your looking to install something like VMWare ESXi you can install straight on to that. This has real benefits if your connecting to a SAN of some kind.
The tech specs say it all really but two 6 core processors, and a ridiculous amount of ram capability means this could almost be a small datacenter on it's own for a small - meduim sized company. It has plenty of power, these models are very quiet once the initial booting has finished. If your willing to scarifice the CD/DVD drive you can buy another bay kit to make a total of 16 on board disks.
A note on HP support is that whilst still good - they will only send 1 part at a time if there is a fault. So you might need to spend that extra 30 mins making extra calls if you know you need more parts.
Overall a very good machine if you want to run it as either a virtual hosts with a number of guests, or a decent database server. Overkill for things like domain controllers etc stick to DL360's for those.
Summary: Good solid server great for small - medium size businesses.
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