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Supermicro hardware up for grabs

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In the last year or so Anchor has been making a strong push towards energy-efficient Dell hardware and VPSes. As a result, we find ourselves with a collection of older Supermicro servers on our hands that still perform well, but aren’t viable to sell to customers any more. Rather than scrapping them and foisting more e-waste on the environment, we’d prefer to send them to a good home where a geek or hacker can make use of them. If this sounds like you, we’d love you to have a gander at our ebay listings. To whet your appetite, here’s a sample of what you can expect. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about the hardware. N.B. Nyanserver may not be as nyan as shown, photograph…

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Tales of Hardware – IBM RSA-II slimline

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In a recent post I mentioned that there are some nice things about using Supermicro hardware here at Anchor. There’s a bit of a dark lining to that silver cloud, however – we’ve had the worst luck trying to get their IPMI stuff to work in any sane way. IPMI is short for Intelligent Platform Management Interface. Different companies have different names for the technology – Dell has this in their DRAC cards, HP calls this iLO, Sun calls it ALOM. IPMI basically gives you access to a bunch of diagnostic information and management controls for the server. The real killer feature is remote console. Because IPMI is largely independent of the rest of the system, you can get unimpeded access to everything on the server, regardless of what state…

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Tales of Hardware – IBM x3650

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All the servers Anchor buys are from Supermicro. Most people won’t have heard of them, but they’re a sizeable hardware vendor that also does some OEM gear. Supermicro certainly doesn’t carry the mindshare of other big brands like HP, Dell, et al., but we chose them because their stuff is reliable and affordable – we focus on the things that actually matter, rather than some enterprise-y idea of sticking with big brands that you trust – “noone ever got fired for buying IBM” they say. Actually, hold that thought for a moment.

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