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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

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 in Servers

Colossus Mk 2

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 in Servers

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

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 in Enterprise Software

Inside Mac Tel's Intellicentre: photos

Inside Mac Tel's Intellicentre: photos

In the heart of the Sydney CBD, Macquarie Telecom houses its secure datacentre and operations monitoring facility, the Intellicentre One. Built almost a decade ago, the Intellicentre is Macquarie Telecom's flagship data operations facility, and is in the process of an infrastructure makeover.

January 27, 2011 by in Security

Vic Uni's mean green machines: photos

Vic Uni's mean green machines: photos

After Victoria University opened its datacentre in Sunshine, Victoria in 2009, it has been progressively migrating its infrastructure services over from its old, inefficient centre in Footscray to the new site, and plans to ramp up the migration over the next six months.

January 23, 2011 by in IBM

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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 in Enterprise Software

Dell PowerEdge R310

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 in Servers

Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S5

Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S5

This is a well built and very capable 2U rack server from a respected vendor that can be configured to suit a wide variety of applications. It's particularly strong on disk capacity and PCIe expansion.

August 20, 2009 by in Servers

Dell PowerEdge R710

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 in Servers

Sun Fire X4270/4275

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 in Servers

IBM System x3650 M2

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 in Servers

Asus RS700-E6/RS4

Asus RS700-E6/RS4

The RS700-E6/RS4 1RU bare-bones server, features dual-socket Xeon 5500 series support and 12 DDR3 1066/1333 sockets for a maximum 96GB RAM. You'll need to bring your own components to fit these though, depending on your needs.

August 18, 2009 by in Servers

VMware ESX Server 3i

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 in Servers

Asus TS500-E5 tower server

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 in Intel

Stratus ftServer 6200

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 in Servers

Raritan Dominion PX8

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 in Servers

HP BladeSystem c3000

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 in Servers

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