IBM and HP continue their duel to be the favored enterprise server provider, but there are many other players - including Dell, Oracle, and Cisco. Meanwhile, public clouds and virtualization should keep the server market interesting.

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Boston Green Power 2200-T

An affordable high-density server platform, the Atom-powered Green Power 2200-T can't match a conventional blade server on processing terms, but beats it hands-down on power and cooling. If that's important to you, and you don't need massively scalable servers, it could be just the ticket.

July 7, 2011 by Alan Stevens


Colossus Mk 2

This upgrade to the world's first programmable, digital, electronic computing device is five times faster and simpler to operate than its pioneering predecessor.

March 31, 2011 by Rupert Goodwins

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Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

This welcome update brings Microsoft's Small Business Server into line with the rest of the Windows Server family, while also simplifying management and enhancing remote access. It's far from cheap, however, and smaller companies may be better off evaluating the Essentials version.

February 2, 2011 by Alan Stevens

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

RHEL 6 offers greatly enhanced scalability and is well equipped to handle future technological advances. The switch to KVM virtualisation and server subscription tweaks may not be universally popular, but existing Red Hat customers and new Linux converts should still consider it.

January 11, 2011 by Alan Stevens

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Dell PowerEdge R310

Built to a price, Dell's PowerEdge R310 is limited in terms of scalability, but can be configured to handle a wide range small business and departmental server workloads without breaking the bank.

January 7, 2011 by Alan Stevens


When Haswell met Xeon

Intel's new Xeon E5 v3 family of server and workstation CPUs, based on the 22nm Haswell architecture, runs the gamut from budget 6-core chips to an 18-core behemoth. We outline what's new and look...

October 15, 2014 by Alan Stevens

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Gateway GT350 F1

The Gateway GT350 F1 is a well-made server from Acer with scope to handle a wide variety of applications and workloads, both in small businesses and on larger corporate networks.

September 10, 2010 by Alan Stevens

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Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010

All over the world, schools are facing the same challenge: bringing ICT to students in a cost-effective way. "Each student should have their own laptop/netbook/PC," echoes the mantra, and school budgets groan trying to make ends meet. Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2010 seeks to solve the problem.

September 5, 2010 by Paul Schnackenburg

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Apple Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

Apple's latest Mac Mini server is an innovative and functional small business solution with huge appeal to style-conscious companies already sold on the Mac platform. Snow Leopard Server is remarkably affordable, although Windows Small Business Server offers stiff competition.

August 23, 2010 by Alan Stevens

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Dell PowerEdge R810

Dell has shoehorned 4-way processing into the 2U PowerEdge R810, bringing all the benefits of Intel's latest Nehalem EX processors and adding Dell's unique FlexMem Bridge memory-access technology.

June 25, 2010 by Alan Stevens


Snow Leopard Server

Snow Leopard Server includes major updates to some of the OS's core components and is now fully 64-bit. Ease of use, plus simple and affordable licensing make OS X a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows Server 2008, although we had problems with one or two features.

January 4, 2010 by Roger Howorth

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Dell PowerEdge T710

Dell's PowerEdge T710 is ideal for branch office or medium-sized business use, where performance, expandability and flexibility are key attributes.

September 21, 2009 by Manek Dubash

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HP ProLiant DL380 G6

The 2U rack server of choice continues to impress, and the latest G6 implementation looks set to carry the crown for some time to come.

August 20, 2009 by Alan Stevens


Dell PowerEdge R710

Dell continues to chip away at HP's dominance of the industry-standard server market, and the 2U PowerEdge R710 is an excellent choice, although its internal storage capacity is limited.

August 20, 2009 by Alan Stevens


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