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[Xen-users] Xen/Pizzbox Server Testimonial Request

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  • From: Remi Broemeling <rbroemeling@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 13:57:29 -0600
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At the company where I presently work, we are looking at getting new
1U (pizza-box) servers, which would be dual-processor affairs that we
want to run Xen on (with one domU pinned to each CPU).  They'd be of
typical server stats... fairly high-end processors, a decent amount of
RAM, and so forth.

Up until a week ago, the fore-runner was Dell, with their PowerEdge
line of Xeon-based servers.  However, in the past week/two-weeks I
have seen a fair number of complaints about Dell/making them work with
Xen, and so forth.  Now, I am sure there are workarounds, and ways to
make things work, and so on... but we haven't purchased (or committed
to purchase) anything yet, and ideally I would like for what we do
purchase to work as easily and stably as possible.

So, I thought I would ask: what are people "out there" running
Xen/Linux on?  What is the easiest 1U server (dual-processor, 1-2GB of
RAM, etc.) that you can think of to get Xen/Linux to run (and run
_well_) on, with a minimum of playing with this module/upgrading that
program or library, and so forth.

If it matters, we run Debian in-house, so we'll be setting these boxes
up with Debian Sarge.

Note that we aren't necessarily looking for Intel processors... if
there are some good AMD servers out there that work exceptionally well
with Xen/Linux, then we'd be happy to consider them.

Thanks for whatever insights and/or suggestions you can offer on this.

-- Remi Broemeling

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