All our hardware nodes run SuperMicro chassis and boards, xeon cpus, DDR3 ECC Ram, and Intel SSD drives. All hardware was purchased new and assembled at the datacenter. It has met and exceeded what we were expecting and at this point we have set a new bar in the VPS industry for performance. It took more than just having great hardware, we tortured servers for months continually tweeking them until we ended up with what we have now.
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Dell servers are great for us so far. Also affordable.
You really have to look into the warranty they provide as business needs to be seen in a long term perspective. The longer the warranty the better as this will save you more money and headache once your machine start to spoil
We're a Dell house so I really ought to enthusiastically agree with the posters supporting Dell, but the reality is that all of the professionally built servers (HP, Dell, IBM) are well put together and should last for years.
Supermicro are an interesting case, as it very much depends on who puts them together. The components are good, as plenty will attest to. And there are some excellent Supermicro server builders out there who will build product every bit as good as the big guys, but there are also some servers out there which are, how shall I say, less than optimal. Go with a recognised and recommended builder with a credible warranty and it should be fine, go with the cheapest and it's more of a gamble.
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