September 2013 (last month) I swapped a 5 year old Dell T300 server for a new Dell T320 server. The T300 was running just fine, but we needed new hardware, operating system etc. We are a small software development business (since 1995) with 85% of our computers being Dell. Both servers are similar enough for realistic comparison of old vs new:
- old server: tower, 8Gb memory, 2.83ghz Xeon X3363, four hot swap 500Gb SATA HDs on Raid 5, Windows Server 2008R2
- new server: tower, 32Gb memory, 2.4Ghz Xeon E5-2440, four hot swap 1Tb SATA HDs on Raid 5, Windows Server 2012
I am very happy with the new server - some points:
- new server - 64% faster running my own SQL benchmark process - 141 seconds vs 231 seconds
- old server quite loud - new server quieter than many desktops
- on average old server pulled 2.80 KWH per day - new server pulls 1.50 KWH per day - savings of around $1.30 per day
- No numerical proof, but I expect the new server to run cooler, given the KWH difference and quietness.
- had/have pro support on both - no change there - great help, fast from Dell when I needed it. No issues with the new hardware, but I had issues installing windows 2012 R2 - pro support helped me through that.
- install and setup on new server - very clean and straight forward using Dell utilities like the Life Cycle Controller
Bottom line - this new T320 server is clearly a wise upgrade and purchase.
Thank you for sharing this and I`m glad you are happy with your new server.
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