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The server is recommended by Dell for large-sized businesses and remote offices that need both expandability and rack density.

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Pros

good component/cable layout design

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highly configurable

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Dell Remote Access Card - miniature Linux-based PC, can remotely turn on/off system, edit BIOS, use as KVM over IP extender

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great packaging

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good cooling design

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compact

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system name display

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3 year limited warranty

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front/back identification light - pushing a button will blink a light on both sides of the server, making it easy to identify which device in the rack needs to be worked on

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energy efficient

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Cons

rails are $250

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Dell support has gone downhill

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The Dell PowerEdge 2950 III is a high performance 2-socket 2U rack server and is the best selling model from Dell's PowerEdge rack optimized server series.  The server is recommended by Dell for large-sized businesses and remote offices that need both expandability and rack density.  It offers a high level of security and manageability and is also energy efficient with onboard power monitoring capabilities and energy-efficient components. The standard specifications of the PowerEdge 2950 III include dual 2.0Ghz Intel Quad Core Xeon processors, 4GB of DIMM memory, and dual 73GB SAS hard drives.  It also has integrated SAS 6/iR and x6 Backplane controllers, dual embedded Gigabit ethernet cards, and a SATA DVD-ROM drive.  

Most of the specifications of the server can be upgraded or downgraded based on the buyer's needs and additional options such as a removable disk, tape drive, external storage, and visualization offerings are also available.  The PowerEdge 2950 III can house up to 8 hard drives and is compatible with both SAS and SATA drives allowing it to potentially hold a total of 8TB of storage.  The server includes a Dell remote access card allowing for remote management of the server and has a Trusted Platform Module to support a variety of security software and features.  It has a starting price of $5072 and is covered by a 3 year limited warranty.

Features/Specs
  • 2 x Quad Core Intel® Xeon® E5405 processors, 2x6MB Cache, 2.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB
  • 4GB 667MHz (4x1GB), Single Ranked DIMMs, Upgradeable to 64GB
  • Integrated SAS/SATA, SAS 6/iR Integrated
  • 1x6 Backplane for 3.5-inch Hard Drives
  • SAS 6/iR Integrated, x6 Backplane Controller
  • 2 x 73GB 15K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 3.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
  • Dual Embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II 5708 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
  • Dell Remote Access Card, 5th Generation for PowerEdge Remote Management 
  • Electronic Documentation and OpenManage DVD Kit
  • SATA DVD-ROM Drive
  • Optional VMware or Citrix XenServer visualization offerings
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Optional Tape Backup and External Storage
  • Energy Efficient components
  • Energy Smart Redundant Power Supply with Dual Cords
  • 3 year warranty and support
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