ordering a T610: what options?

Tino Schwarze linux-poweredge.lists at tisc.de
Thu Sep 30 08:19:30 CDT 2010

Hi Louis,

*never* order via online shop. Always get a Dell sales person to talk
to. Just tell them what you want, then let them send you an offer. The
price difference is significant (and the Online configurator IMO has
been sucking for years). A sales rep obviously has access to a lot more
configurations (and the knowledge which one to choose).

To answer one of your questions: You may either just order 8 small disks
from Dell if you don't want to pay their premium prices or you could get
the trays from somewhere else (there are other sources on the net).
Getting empty drive trays from Dell has turned out impossible in the



On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 03:00:29PM +0200, Louis-David Mitterrand wrote:

> I am about to order a T610 but find some options baffling.
> This will be a backup server with 8 sata disks running linux software
> raid (raid6 mdadm). So it needs no raid hardware, just a competent sata
> controller.
> Here are my questions:
> - what "Raid Connectivity" (C0 to C16) should I select?
> - which "Raid Controller" is the best in plain JBOD mode? Which will
>   allow 'smartctl' to monitor the individual disks' health?
> - do I need to order 8 disks from Dell to get 8 sata hotplug trays
>   preinstalled?
> - which is best among low-voltage/standard UDIMM/RDIMM ? (there is also
>   an "Others" RAM choice, what is that?)
> Thanks,

"What we nourish flourishes." - "Was wir nähren erblüht."


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