NEC FlexPower Server review

£6140
Price when reviewed

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One criticism we have of MSC is that its power-monitoring facilities were highly inaccurate. With all four power supplies connected and both compute modules powered down, our inline power meter showed a draw of 300W, whereas the MSC indicated this was only 90W. With both modules running, the meter reported an increase to 506W, but the MSC showed a total draw of 270W.

Administrative access to the entire chassis can be strictly controlled with user lists. Plenty of notification options are provided, and these are controlled with policies that determine the logging levels and who should be alerted based on the severity of an event.

The FlexPower offers a cost-effective alternative to mainstream products. It offers high levels of fault tolerance and plenty of expansion potential, while its storage solution has some very interesting possibilities.

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site

Ratings

Physical

Server format Blade
Server configuration 6U rack/pedestal enclosure

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 2.00GHz
Processors supplied 2
CPU socket count 6

Memory

RAM capacity 192GB
Memory type FBDIMM

Storage

Hard disk configuration 8 (max 14) x 147GB Fujitsu 10k SAS SFF hard disks in hot-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity 1,176
RAID module NEC RAID module
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 1E, 10, 5, 6

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 2
ILO? no

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0

Power supply

Power supply rating 1,050W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 270W
Peak power consumption 506W

Software

OS family None

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