Deal: £3,000 Dell PowerEdge 1955 Blade Server: 80 cores, 160GB RAM and four PSUs

Popular online eBay retailer bargain*hardware is currently selling the Dell PowerEdge 1955 Blade server for £3,000 (plus £35 for postage and 3,000 Nectar points). But rather than presenting it as a single server, this is actually a 7U chassis enclosure containing a whopping 10 servers, four 2.1KW redundant power supply units, a Dell management module (BMX-MB), two Dell 5316M switch modules and a Dell Chassis KVM interface cable (HJ106). Two expansion module bays are available.

Each of the blade servers include two Intel Xeon E5345 processors. These have four cores each plus 8MB cache and a 1.333GHz FSB. There's also 16GB PC2-5300F ECC RAM spread over eight slots, two embedded Broadcom Gigabit NICs, a SAS 5/iR RAID controller and two 2.5in SAS hard drive bays. There are no hard disk drives installed.

Each server supports Single Device Data Correction (SDDC) memory technology that enables the system to withstand multi-bit errors and offer a simplified management solution thanks to Dell's OpenManage IT Administrator and Server Assistant software. The description also mentions that the chassis also includes Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC)/MC management modules and embedded KVMs that enable management from a remote location.

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