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£230 HP Proliant DL580 G2 QUAD Intel Xeon 2.7Ghz Server

The ProLiant DL580 Generation 2 server is an enterprise class, 4-way server designed for environments that require maximum computing power and robust high availability features in a versatile, rack-optimised form factor.

This model (opens in new tab), comes with a four-week return to base warranty and is a refurbished computer from an Ebay business seller. It packs four Intel Xeon 2.7GHz processors, 4GB RAM, four 36.4GB 10KRPM hard disk drives, HP Smartarray 642 PCI RAID Controller, Onboard Remote Insight Lights Out board, Dual port 10/100/1000 PCI network adapters, 2.0Gps Fibre Channel HBA Adapter and two rear USB ports.

Based upon industry standard processing, memory, IO and networking technologies, the ProLiant DL580 G2 provides the highest levels of performance demanded by today's compute intensive applications.

Unparalleled high availability features, including Advanced Memory Protection technology, an integrated RAID controller, a duplex drive cage, and hot-plug redundant components guarantee maximum uptime.

The ProLiant DL580 G2's Integrated Lights-Out technology, allows remote administration from a standard web-browser without ever having to visit the server.

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