Well engineered expandable server
Pros: Like others in the HP Proliant line before it, this server seems to be meticulously well designed and laid out internally. The build in P420i controller works wonderfully, and even with the single E5-2609 processor it is able to handle several light-demand virtual machines well. The cable management arm is improved over previous designs (such as the Gen5 system) and works very well. Overall, a very solid and seemingly well built system.
Cons: None really. Price? Yeah, you could build a custom server for less, but you lose the warranty and dependability that this system offers. If you plan on installing a server for any medium sized business or up for critical tasks, white box just isn't the way to go.
Other Thoughts: To the previous reviewer who obviously knows nothing about commercial server equipment, you should probably research a system before spouting off. The P420i controller DOES support RAID 5, but it is an integrated card that requires an add on for more funtionality. By itself, it has no battery/capacitor backup, and more importantly, no cache memory, so it simply can't support RAID 5 out of the box. For that, you need to add a cache module such as a 661069-B21. If NewEgg listed it as supporting RAID5 out of the box, that would be deceiving.
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Why would HP make a server that can only handle RAID 1?
Pros: Gen 8 HDD drive caddies are new design, not backward compatible with previous Gens'. Each of the caddies go for $60!
Cons: Where is RAID 5 or higher?
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