Transtec 1U SAS Server review
The review system also came with Supermicro’s IPMI 2-compliant baseboard management controller, which provides plenty of extra remote access features. The bundled IPMI View utility is used to access the server remotely. It provides read-outs on temperatures, fan speeds and voltages. Controls are available for recycling power and performing graceful server shutdowns or reboots, plus remotely accessing and controlling the chassis’ Power and Reset buttons.
General server monitoring is handled by the bundled SuperO Doctor III utility. Its web browser interface provides plenty of operational information on all critical system components. Alerting extends to pager and email messaging, and you can pick those items that you want to monitor. Remote control facilities are provided so you can access the server from another system, gracefully shut down the OS, control power and redirect the server’s console.
The Transtec server may be a little sparse on features when compared to the Evolution XD1, and Rackservers.com delivers better storage facilities and raw capacity for the price. However, the 1U SAS Server offers a good starting point into the world of dual-core Xeon rack servers and has plenty of room for future expansion, making it good overall value.