The RS700-E7/RS4 is a 1U server barebone that is designed for computing and virtualization performance with latest Dual Socket-R 2011 for state-of-the-art Intel Xeon E5-2600 Processor. It has increased memory capacity up to 768GB (LRDIMM) in 24 DIMM slots for high memory scalability intensive applications. Loaded with Quad Intel Server-class i350 GbE controller, it doubles the bandwidth compared to most dual LAN server and also supports fault tolerance technology to enhance virtualized traffic management.
Its Font parallel CPU and Memory placement design provides the optimized air flow for thermal solution. In addition, it is equipped with 4 Hot-swap 3.5"HDD Bays to make swapping drive easy and 80 Plus Platinum (94% power efficiency) 800W redundant power supply to reduce total system power loss to lowest level. On top of it, ASUS has installed proprietary shock mount to act as a buffer between the hard drives and chassis to reduce the chance of hard drive damage for data loss.
Furthermore, ASUS provides optional ASUS PIKE SAS2 6G upgrade kit, a cost-effective flexible SAS storage interface without occupying existing PCI-E slots. It provides numerous storage solutions configurations to accommodate the specific needs.
Lastly, with ASMB6-iKVM onboard, it enables out-of-band management to control and monitor utilizing real-time web-based remote management.
Superb ESXi Box
Pros: Great ESXi5.x Box, VMware HCL Supported, Platinum Plus Power Supplies for Low power
Cons: Does take a considerable ammount of boot up time, but not really a Con per say, as all server boards to take a while to boot.
Other Thoughts: Bought a few so far, and will be buying more to built out my businesses VMware environment.
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Great virtualization box
Pros: Running vsphere 5.x on 2 of these boxes in a cluster with 128GB of ram each in them and 2 E5-2609 CPUs. Works like a charm, integrated quad GB ports work perfectly. Everything is seen and works with vsphere 5.x
Cons: Boot up takes a little bit.
Other Thoughts: I could have bought 3 or 4 of these boxes for the amount I was quoted for 1 comparable Dell box.
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