This 1U rack server from Gigabyte comes with Xeon 2.8 GHz, 1 GB RAM and 3x18 GB (15 K RPM) SCSI HDDs, and is based on the Intel E7501 server chipset. For fault tolerance, the server's has hot swappable HDDs, ECC RAM, but no hardware RAID or hot-plug power supply. For expandability, it has room to add one more CPU, support up to 12 GB of RAM, three free PCI-X slots, ZCR (Zero Channel RAID) support, provision for adding one more hot-swappable HDD, but it doesn't have a SCSI connector for connecting external tape or other SCSI devices. The server doesn't have any out-of-band manageability hardware. Connectivity is provided by two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. When compared with the servers, we'd reviewed in July'04 (Shootout of the Month, page 122), most of the features of this server were similar to the Zenith Premium Net-Server. The differences being that Zenith had Xeon 3.06 GHz, 36 GB HDD, no ZCR or hot-swap HDD support. Coming to performance, at 1526 requests/sec, the Web serving performance was similar to the Zenith server. But, in file serving benchmark, Gigabyte achieved 234 Mbits/sec, which is higher than the 213 Mbits/sec of Zenith.
The bottom line:
A well performing server with good features. The price of the server at Rs 1,15,000 is more than that of
Zenith (Rs 93,000), but then it is a 1 U rack server, while Zenith is a pedestal server.