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HP ProLiant DL360 G5

Step 1: HP ProLiant DL360 G5
Price
£2,849
  • Good design and built quality, very quiet, the best remote server management and monitoring package
  • Minimal storage capacity for the price

If there's one area that HP excels in it has to be server management as the majority of its latest fifth generation ProLiant rack servers all come with an embedded iLO2 (integrated lights out) chip as standard.

RAID comes as standard as the server is equipped with a Smart Array P400i controller behind the power supply casing which comes with a full 256MB of cache memory. A good range of arrays are supported including the latest RAID-6 and you can upgrade the card with more cache memory plus a battery backup pack.

Internal design is on a par with Dell's PowerEdge 1950 so you'll find everything neat and tidy with all cables tucked out of harm's way. Expansion options are equally good as the chassis riser card has a pair of PCI-e slots and there's room for a full-height and a low-profile card. The processors are mounted with chunky heatsinks and the eight DIMM sockets are located to the side where air flow is not hindered by the processors.

Cooling is handled by no less than nine dual rotor modules which are separated into three separate units that can be removed and replaced in the event of a failure. You'd expect noise levels to be high but you'd be wrong as once the DL360 had settled down after initial power up it turned out to be one of the quietest in the group test. Power redundancy comes as standard as the chassis features two whopping great 700W power supplies that are easily accessed from the rear.

We would have expected more storage capacity for the price but the DL360 G5 is still offering an interesting proposal as it combines good design and expansion potential with some the best server management tools on the market.

Verdict

More storage for the money would have been good but look no further if you want a well designed rack server with the best remote management tools in town.

Motherboard - HP
CPU - 2 x 2.66GHz Intel Xeon 5150
Chipset - Intel 5000P
Memory - 2GB 667MHz FB-DIMMs expandable to 32GB
Storage controller - LSI Logic SAS
Disk interface - SAS/SATA
Disk drives - 2 x 36GB HP 2.5in.SAS
RAID controller - Smart Array E400i with 256MB cache
Expansion slots - 2 x PCI-e 4X
Network ports - 2 x Broadcom Gigabit
Power - 700W
Management software - HP Systems Insight Manager
Other - Embedded iLO2 chip
Warranty - Three yrs on-site NBD.

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