Dell PowerEdge R730XD Server Review

Posted to YouTube: March 24, 2015
Updated transcript for Blog: May 31, 2017

The Dell PowerEdge R730XD server offers a significant increase in performance over the PowerEdge R720XD and can handle nearly any workload configuration and run mission critical applications for both large and small enterprise environments. The R730xd offers a similar architecture to the Dell R730 but supports significantly more storage. Dells’ new 13th generation PowerEdge servers are Ideal for transactional databases, large virtual infrastructures and other data intensive workloads. Featuring greater expandability, more storage, and enhanced compute density. The compact 2U design and impressive storage, allows you to consolidate your datacenter operations adding to the affordability of the system.  Continue reading Dell PowerEdge R730XD Server Review

Dell PowerEdge R730 Server Review

Posted to YouTube: April 3, 2015
Updated on ITC Blog: May 30, 2017

Dell’s PowerEdge R730 server is part of the 13th generation PowerEdge server line. These systems are Ideal for transactional databases, large virtual infrastructures and other data intensive workloads. Featuring greater expandability, more storage, and enhanced compute density, the Dell R730 offers a significant increase in performance over the R720 PowerEdge and can handle nearly any workload configuration, and run intensive mission critical applications for both large and small enterprise environments. The compact 2U design and impressive storage, allows you to consolidate your datacenter operations adding to the affordability of the system. Continue reading Dell PowerEdge R730 Server Review

Dell PowerEdge T630 Tower Server Review

(Video Transcript – Updated May 26, 2017)

Versatile, efficient, and scaleable are just some of the adjectives used to describe Dell’s 13th generation PowerEdge T630 Tower Server. The Dell T630 is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses and remote offices. It has the flexibility to handle a wide variety of business functions including email, web, database hosting, server consolidation, VDI, and Big Data Analytics.

The T630 supports two Intel Xeon E5 2600 v3 family Continue reading Dell PowerEdge T630 Tower Server Review

HP Z2 G3 Mini Workstation Pint-Sized Powerhouse Review

This week, HP sent us the Z2 Mini G3 workstation to review! I’m told it offers powerful performance in a pint-sized package! it’s very well designed and has a nice heft to it. It measure just eight and a half inches square and a little under 2.5 inches in height. Sure, there are other options for mini PCs and you could go with a thin client, which this could easily be mistaken for, but there’s nothing else on the market quite like this. It offers 24/7 enterprise class reliability, hundreds of thousands of hours spent on reliability testing, and an Nvidia GPU—your basic qualifications for a workstation. It’s so small you have to wonder what they could have packed in under the hood so to speak. And, to answer that question, you came to the right place.  Continue reading HP Z2 G3 Mini Workstation Pint-Sized Powerhouse Review

SAS vs. SATA – Choose Wisely…

SAS and SATA are the two big names in data storage with most new servers and workstations supporting both. Both also come in a 3.5-inch and the ever more popular 2.5-inch form factor and hot-plugging is available on both. But what exactly are the differences between the two? For the purposes of this discussion we will only be looking at disk based drives not the solid state drives—that’s another story. Continue reading SAS vs. SATA – Choose Wisely…

The Star Trek Guide to Saving a Bundle by Buying Refurbished Hardware

Financially, staying up to date with the latest hardware is no easy task for an IT department. After all, technology is constantly evolving and new hardware like servers, storage, and workstations can be a costly investment.

The good news? Buying the hardware you need doesn’t have to wipe out your IT budget. Instead, you can purchase high-quality, refurbished equipment that has been through a rigorous refurbishment process to ensure that it works properly. Continue reading The Star Trek Guide to Saving a Bundle by Buying Refurbished Hardware