This is the largest server that I have used, I work at a large market research selling e-commerce company. The company has changed at a rapid speed, and we just mirgrated our large database files from a filemaker server that was on a Dell Poweredge 1300, to this SQL 7.0 Raid 5 hot swap server Dell Poweredge 4400.
Recommend this product?
We ordered factory direct from dell, the 4400, with a half a gig of ram, raid 5 hard drives with a few 13 giggers, single processor Intel XEON 667mhz processor and a fast DDE tape backup.
Our SQL server client is still being tweaked for speed, but as far as the server speed we boosted putting another processor in it, and doubling the RAM, so now we run a dual Intel Xeon 667mhz with 1 gig of ram.
Sound powerful enough for you? I find it odd that the Windows NT kernal was installed with a single processor, with no autodetect multiprocessor even though the motherboard does have dual process ablity. I had to run a UPTOMP.exe, which was scarey, since after I did it, it kept locking on bootup.
After reading Dells Knowledge base I understood that you have to reinstall some of the files of Service Pack 6a. After finding out how to do it, it wasn't to bad, but it was a real pain. I think dell should work on there upgrade tools.
If you like the inside designs of servers you'll love this one! When I looked inside it is a maze of huge fans which keeps everything nice a cool, I sit with this thing at work everyday and I do notice how hot it gets during the day inside the small room, but considering the processoring power inside this thing, I'm surprised its not even hotter.
Its a large unit, but can be rack mountable which we will soon be doing. We did get the rack mounting kit, but I wouldn't suggest putting it on a instable cheap rack.
The performance is excellent, and the expandablity is super! That is why we chose to get this unit, because of the expandablity that can grow as our company goes.
The PowerEdge 4400 provides more scalability and availability then most of the workgroup class servers that dell has. It features quad peer PCI for fast data transfer and reduction of wait time. The hot swap raid hard drives are great, if you need that fast swap for more hard drive space, which I'm sure we will need in the future.
We are happy with our dell server and fits our needs as a SQL server.