Buying a server involves understanding what components are inside the server in order to understanding why server prices have such a wide range. You need to consider operating system, warranty period, build quality of the motherboard as in lifespan, memory, what type of CPU and what type of hard drives are installed within the server!
Choosing a CPU
One should also consider what CPU is in the Server. The CPU is one of the main components that can considerably affect the price of the Server! Slower and older model CPU's mean that in three years time your Server will be struggling with the workload as Windows Updates, SQL Server releases continue to demand more from the server over time! The cheaper Servers come with Dual Cores, whereas more expensive CPU's come with Quad Cores.
The clock speed is somewhat relevant in that a higher clock speed is faster than a slower clock speed, but unfortunately this only holds true for a like for like CPU! It is very common to see a higher clock speed CPU that is in reality actually slower than another CPU that has a lower Clock Speed. The reason for this is because they may have different number of cores and different L1 and L2 cache sizes! As CPU's are one of the biggest factors in prices of Servers and how the Server will perform in three to five years time, it is very important to understand the differences between CPU's to really compare two quotations!
Choosing a Hard Drive
When buying a server one should look at what hard drives are being supplied in the server. Cheaper Servers contain Sata hard drives which have a lifespan of around five years and they get progressively slower over time. SAS hard drives are considerably more expensive but they have a longer lifespan and performance of these hard drives outperform Sata hard drives. A new technology known as SSD is increasingly becoming popular in Servers bcause of their speed as they are memory based. However, they are still quite expensive so in many cases it may make sense to use a mixture of hard drives such as SSD for the Operating System and Sata or SAS for the data storage!
Another factor is whether the server has one hard drive or at least two hard drives! At a minimum a server should have two hard drives which are mirrored so that if one hard drive fails, you have an exact duplicate of the data on the second hard drive! Unfortunately some companies are only interested in getting the business of the sale and they are not interested in the long term safety of your data!
Server Warranty Affects Price
A lot of companies supplying quotes for a server exclude the costs of operating system and the server only comes with a one year warranty and sometimes they are underpowered or they only last five years before becoming too slow to use! This causes major disatisfaction for customers who thought that they were getting best value for money only to find out they were sold a solution that does not meet their requirements.
Buying a Server from Dalacor
When buying a server from Dalacor, you can be assured that you are buying a server that includes the operating system, has a five year warranty and should last around ten years before needing to be replaced and will cope with an increasing workload over the years! A much cheaper priced server may appear to be better value for money but is very often built with cheaper components which could end being insufficient for your needs meaning it will need to be replaced sooner with the result that the cheaper server actually ends up costing you more than the more expensive server!