If you want the very best in server technology, there are not many players around and HP is probably one of the first names that come to mind. Serversdirect is currently selling the HP Proliant DL580 G7 4U rackmounted server (item number 643064-421) for less than £14,990 excluding VAT and delivery.
That is an absolutely stunning piece of kit destined for mission-critical enterprise environments. It is powered by a single Intel Xeon E7 proecssor, the 4850, which has 10 cores clocked at 2GHz with a massive 24MB L3 cache. The server can take three additional processors.
It comes with 128MB (four 32GB PC-10600R DDR3 ECC memory modules) and can take up to 2TB of RAM spread over 64 DIMMs. Other features include an Intel 7500 chipset, an HP Smart Array P410i/1GB FBWC storage controller that can take either SAS or SATA drives and a DVD drive.
Connectivity and expansion capabilities include a HP NC375i Quad Port Multifunction Gigabit server adapter, 11 free slots on the motherboard, six USB ports, two VGA, one PS2 and one Serial connector. Other notable features include four 1.2KW hot pluggable, redundant PSUs plus three year warranty onsite.