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HP DL380 G4 or HP ML115 G Home Server

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by onoski, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    I am in the processing of getting rid of my main server which is an old Dell PowerEdge 2500 and looking at getting an HP DL 380 G4 or HP ML115 G5.

    I understand the noise and horse power of the DL380 for a home use would be a bit worrying but my missus says it would be ok:).

    Well what would be your take on the above and which server would you opt for. To be honest I like the DL380 G4 with 4GB Ram, 2 x 3.2 Xeon CPU's and would push the hot swap scsci hard drives to 1TB.

    What's your take is it sensible or would you opt for the HP ML115? Just to add it's a second hand server and would cost under £200 plus shipment all from trusty Ebay if I win the bid:)

    I suppose I have been biased by leaning towards the DL 380 G4:) Well your say now.
     
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  2. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

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    I'm in same boat and I'm going for ML115:)
     
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  3. Donmac

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    I sold both my DL380 G4's on ebay to help fund the purchase of 5 ML115 G5's.

    The DL380's are far to noisy for the home and I'm sure the lights on my street dimmed when I spun them both up. Another thing is the cost of the disks for the DL380.

    The ML115 is the way to go.
     
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  4. ThomasMc

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    Another vote for the ML here, we got some DLs in the cabinet in the work and they can be pretty noisy
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    The G5 is more modern, and will be cheaper to upgrade/enhance whilst being fairly quiet in comparison
     
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  6. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the heads up all and would now be going for the ML115 G5:) instead.
     
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  7. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I've got three DL380's amongst other things in my own lab at the office. 1 ML115 G5 at home. There is no way I'd bring one of those DL380 dinosaurs home with me due to noise and energy consumption :D
    Get the 2.2Ghz AMD Quad core, max it out with 8GB of memory and throw 2 or 3 500GB sata HD's
     
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  8. craigie

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    Agreed!
     
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  9. MLP

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    We've got a few of those DL380's at work, and they are noisy, although they are great servers.

    We've also got an ML115, which we are planning to use for testing. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to support Hyper-V, which is a shame as I was hoping to have a play with that.

    Personally, I'd go for the ML115 for home, because its a fair bit quieter, cheaper, and easier to find space for. I might be picking one up myself in a month or twos time.

    Maria
     
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  10. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi Maria, the ML115 does support Hyper-V, my home lab runs on it. Go into the bios and enable VT.
    Jim
     
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  11. SimonD

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    In all honesty I self build my servers, my current vsphere box is based around the X7DWA-N motherboard, with a couple of Xeon L5240s. I have found that ebay can be a great place for bargains, my 2 5240s cost me £100 (thats for both, not each) and the motherboard was £200, throw in a decent case, some good memory and you have a really decent server that you know is right because it's got the parts in it you wanted.
     
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  12. craigie

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    See what JK said.
     
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  13. MLP

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    Thanks for that. I haven't had a chance to look at the server myself, but took the information from this document (about page 7), which I've just realised is probably out of date :oops:

    Maria
     
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  14. Gingerdave

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    Another +1 for the ML. I have quite a few DL380s here and as a business server I love them, but they are in a sealed room in a rack at the other side of the office, which is just as well cause they are LOUD.
     
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  15. Shinigami

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    I don't think your missus would have been very understanding after she would have head the noise of that server running...

    I had 6 Dell 1750's running at my home once, and even with all the doors closed in between, mine complained to me as well that it was just way too much noise.
     
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  16. SimonD

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    That's what the garage is for :)
     
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  17. MLP

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    You make your other half stay in the garage?:ohmy Might give this a try myself.

    Maria
     
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  18. Shinigami

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    My garage is shared and underground... can't use it for that unfortunately :\
     
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  19. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the feedback all, as I have now ordered the ML115 G5 from Ebuyer. My only concern now apart from obviously topping the sata hard drives to TB's and increasing the memory is the power supply.

    The power supply that comes with the box is only 320 watts, well would you use this or upgrade it to say 500watts etc?
     
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  20. westernkings

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    Do it!!
     
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