Well, our work OpenSolaris server has been giving me the shits. After going down mysteriously I had to do a quick swapover job (basically I took the 3 drives out of it and plonked it into the new machine I had ready for the boss (quick note, it worked straight away, I was really surprised.)).
I decided I’ve had enough with building my own servers, seems to be that I had a few problems with hardware recently, in particular, RAM. The sudden loss of our e-mail server was enough motivation for me to get permission to spend some cash on a proper server.
Since (Open)Solaris is currently my OS interest at the moment, I figured I would check out what they’re offering, basically we’re a small business, we don’t need, and can’t afford something too hardcore. My choice came down to either the Sun Fire X2200 M2, or the Sun Fire X2250. They’re the same price (currently AUD $2,350.00), so I basically went with X2250 because it’s faster (I think).
So now I’m waiting for it to arrive (via Sun’s Try & Buy trial offer), when it arrives I’ll try and give a “review”. I say “review”, but honestly it’s just going to be what I think about it, and this is my first (and probably only) proper server purchase, so don’t actually use it to make a decision.
Of course, if you are deciding on new server hardware, and like myself, this is your first time, keep in mind that these server boxes are pretty deep. We had to purchase a new rack that was 1000mm deep, as the server is 633mm deep.