Published on March 29th, 2017 | by admin

Crucial reveals how to save up to 35% by installing DRAM and SSDs in servers

Why it pays to avoid pre-installed, fully-configured OEM servers

SYDNEY, 29 March 2017 – Memory and storage account for over half of a typical server’s bill of materials (BOM) cost. If money wasn’t a constraint, buying preconfigured, fully-loaded servers to power your organisation would be a no-brainer. But the reality is that budgets are a barrier to providing fast system performance across your enterprise and affect what you can buy. However, by purchasing servers with minimal preinstalled components and then installing server memory and enterprise SSDs, you can save up to 35% on memory and storage – and maintain your OEM server warranties.

Crucial ANZ have identified that the biggest cost drivers when buying new, fully-configured servers are memory, storage, the processor, the chassis and the power supply.

To see the impact of adding hardware to an OEM server, Crucial compared the costs of purchasing a fully-configured server against a minimally-configured server that was upgraded with after-market memory and SSD upgrades.

For the purposes of real-world comparison, they chose the Dell® PowerEdge R730xd because of its popularity, upgradeability and high performance, then priced the base model against a fully-configured model on the manufacturer’s site. Included in the base cost was one installed Intel® Xeon® E5-2650 v4 2.2GHz processor, one installed 32GB 2400 MT/s DDR4 RDIMM, one chassis with up to twelve 3.5-inch hard drive bays, one installed 2TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-inch hot-plug hard drive, and one 495W power supply.2

As of this writing, the saving by self-installing server memory and enterprise SSDs was over $7,000 or 35% per server. While prices often change, the relative ratio between a fully-loaded configuration and one that’s upgraded later typically doesn’t change much.

The cost difference of populating your servers with DRAM from a manufacturer like Crucial instead of getting it preinstalled applies across all major server manufacturers. The reason being server manufacturers source server components like memory and storage from other companies. When you buy server components direct from the memory and storage manufacturer, you get proven reliability and savings.

This means you can populate your own servers and save. You can also keep your OEM warranty intact,1 achieve the same level of DRAM and SSD performance, and save up to 35% on the cost of their memory and storage by installing Crucial server memory and Micron enterprise SSDs.


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