[mythtv-users] Dell PowerEdge 2550 1 GHz as dedicated backend/storage..?

matt lutz myth.matt.lutz at gmail.com
Mon Nov 19 15:44:51 UTC 2007

On 11/19/07, Andrew Close <aclose at gmail.com> wrote:
> i've been considering migrating from an all-in-one (FE/BE) solution to
> a separate FE, BE (and possibly separate DB) solution for a little
> while now; but i don't have an extra machine to purpose as a dedicated
> BE.
> however, i just came across this deal:
> > 1 Dell PowerEdge 2550 1 GHz server with 256 MB of memory
> >     - contains QTY=2 18GB internal SCA Ultra-160 SCSI drives
> > 1 Dell PowerVault 220S disk array
> >     - contains QTY=10 18GB SCA Ultra-160 SCSI drives
> >
> > Come with LVD-SCSI cables and 3 power cords.  No operating system.
> the PowerEdge is a 1GHz PIII machine, which should be good enough for
> a BE considering all my capture cards are hardware MPEG.
> two questions:
> 1) does anyone know the what the availability of SCA Ultra-160 SCSI
> drives is like?  (i haven't Googled yet...)
> 2) would it be stretching this machine to function as a BE running
> comm flagging/transcoding and dealing with HD (when i get there)?
> i think i can pick this gear up for ~$200, which is quite a bit less
> than i was going to spend on a new BE.
> thoughts/comments?
> thanks!
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I think commflagging and definately transcoding will take *forever* on this
box.  That's a pretty old box.  In my opinoin, you'd be better off buying
newer hardware with a much faster CPU.
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