Any actual data on reliability differences between "Server" and "Desktop" hardware?

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  1. Peyomp

    Peyomp New Member

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    Aside from things like... dual power supplies, vs. single...

    is server hardware actually more reliable than power desktop hardware? Does ECC make a difference? Is there failover between two processors on dual processor servers? Is server hardware less likely to fail in the first place? Do high end SCSI drives fail much less often than SATA drives? Do high end server oriented gigabit ethernet cards fail less often than cheap PC cards? Are server motherboards more reliable than desktop boards?

    And is there any hard data on any of this? Conjecture?

    I don't have enough experience with supporting hardware to really know. Its just a whole hell of alot cheaper to buy a single/dual proc desktop board, and put some extra drives in it to make it a server than it is to buy a low-end 'server' from a vendor. I'm wonder what the difference actually amounts to.
     
  2. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I'd be interested in seeing some data on this as well. At work I use a high-end desktop as a server and it serves its purpose just fine, but we may be in the market for some real servers soon.
     
  3. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I think it's piece of mind you're buying, it's same retards on the assembly line putting them together though.
     
  4. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    as i see it, it's all made in Asia, and as long as my server doesn't crash i don't care.

    though, im sure a room full of blade servers would make me change my mind ;)
     

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