[talk] Supermicro source?

Charles Sprickman spork at bway.net
Tue Dec 26 19:45:51 EST 2017

I can top-post back to myself, right? :)

I have one private reply and I reached out to that vendor.

Also put in a quote request at ixSystems (like 5 hours ago) and no response, that’s a bit disappointing.

Just going off Supermicro’s list of resellers, I narrowed it down to these vendors, curious if anyone has experience with them.  I ruled out places that don’t have some kind of quick quote generator.

https://www.siliconmechanics.com/c1246/rack-server-products.php <https://www.siliconmechanics.com/c1246/rack-server-products.php>
http://www.asacomputers.com/2U-Server.html <http://www.asacomputers.com/2U-Server.html>
http://www.broadberry.com/ <http://www.broadberry.com/>

Dell R530 was interesting, but their lead time is worse than I expected, so they’re at the bottom of the list.  And their rack mounting stuff is about 2” too deep for our weird old cabinet.



> On Dec 26, 2017, at 1:59 PM, Charles Sprickman <spork at bway.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I’m looking for a Supermicro vendor that’s somewhere between the “shopping at 3 different stores to find chassis, RAM, drives, etc.” and full white-labelled servers.  Like I pick a chassis/motherboard and the vendor deals with finding compatible RAM and any oddball stuff like the drive backplane for some small premium/markup.  The last guy I knew that did this has been out of the business for at least 5 years (GCS).
> Failing that, after some really bad experiences with overblown IBM/Lenovo garbage, if I go with a server vendor, Dell feels like the least insane choice.  Lenovo is really only for folks who are thrilled with long-term support contracts where “fixing” things is basically swapping out hardware until it works.  Also screw IBM and their EFI that takes 15 minutes to boot. The HP server I have at home is a bit too proprietary.  The few Dells I’ve dealt with seem to have a fairly minimal amount of bells and whistles and have been in service for ages.  Any thoughts on their current lineup?
> Thanks,
> Charles
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