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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Sun Fire X4270/4275

Better known for its RISC-based servers, Sun's Xeon 5500-based Sun Fire X4270 and X4275 look set to give the competition a good run for its money.

August 20, 2009 by Alan Stevens


IBM System x3650 M2

IBM remains a solid choice of server vendor, and this IBM/Lenovo server is a good rack-mount platform, albeit not quite as good as some of the competition.

August 20, 2009 by Alan Stevens

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HP ProLiant DL585 G5 Server

The HP ProLiant DL585 G5 is a powerful server with a strong emphasis on reliability and serviceability that reduces overall device cost.

December 9, 2008 by Michael Palamountain

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Windows Small Business Server 2008

This is an impressive update to Microsoft's Small Business Server that packs a big punch. However, it may be overkill for a lot of companies and isn't quite as easy to manage as it first appears.

November 12, 2008 by Alan Stevens

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VMware ESX Server 3i

ESX Server 3i is the easiest hypervisor to install and use. It's based on VMware's ESX Server code, making it among the most stable and mature virtualisation options available.

October 21, 2008 by Roger Howorth

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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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Asus TS500-E5 tower server

Asus' TS500 offers reliability, speed and efficiency at a low price for a mid-range tower server. However, case design is not ideal, and the system strangely requires a PS2 keyboard and mouse.

October 6, 2008 by Michael Palamountain


Sun Microsystems Sun Fire X4450 server

For raw power Sun Microsystem's Sun Fire X4450 is the gutsiest server we've seen, and at 2RU it's compact considering its specs. However, priced at over AU$27,000, this machine will make a dent in your budget.

September 4, 2008 by Michael Palamountain

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Stratus ftServer 6200

The ftServer 6200 VMware bundle makes an excellent platform for hosting virtual machines. As VMware servers cannot be clustered, the Stratus offering is about the only option for organisations requiring extreme high availability from their ESX Server environments.

June 2, 2008 by Roger Howorth


Raritan Dominion PX8

The Raritan Dominion PX keeps track of power consumption, and records temperature and humidity data from sensors placed amongst your servers. When combined with an un-interruptible power supply, we think it will keep your servers safe and happy.

May 12, 2008 by Michael Palamountain


Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is easier to install and manage than previous versions, and has many new and improved features that should encourage organisations to upgrade.

February 26, 2008 by Roger Howorth

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HP BladeSystem c3000

HP's BladeSystem c3000 is a compact blade server chassis designed for small businesses and remote office deployments. It delivers all the advantages of HP's high-end blade system in a smaller chassis.

February 22, 2008 by Roger Howorth


Fujitsu Siemens Primergy TX120

Fujitsu Siemens’ Primergy TX120 offers full server functionality, while also meeting the needs of smaller businesses with its compact design, quiet operation and low power consumption.

July 23, 2007 by Christian Harris


Acer Altos R520

Acer has taken standard Intel OEM components to put together a highly configurable and very scalable 1U server, capable of handling a variety of tasks. It's more than a match for similar products from the big-name vendors.

May 16, 2007 by Alan Stevens


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