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Gateway GR380 F1 review

Gateway’s new 2U rack server aims to take on HP’s mighty ProLiant DL380 G7. The GR380 F1 is inexpensive, but is this enough to take on one of the most popular rack servers in the world?

Price
£1,660

When Acer launched is Gateway business technology brand earlier this year, the company made it very clear to us that the UK server market is critical to its success. Gateway has a big family of rack, pedestal and blade servers and the model naming convention it's used leaves us in no doubt that HP is its main target.

Gateway is targeting the channel only and plans to compete primarily in the 1,000 seat space. On review is the new GR380 F1 which probably has the toughest job of all Gateway servers as it targets HP's ProLiant DL380 G7 . The ProLiant sets the standard for 2U rack servers and in this review we find out whether Gateway can match or even beat it.

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For disk connections you start with the embedded Intel SATA controller which has six ports. With a DVD drive taking one port this only leaves you five for the hard disks so if you want to use all eight bays you'll need to add an extra RAID expansion card.

HP's DL380 G7 has superior RAID features out of the box since it has an embedded P410i Smart Array controller which supports up to eight SAS/SATA drives and RAID 6. Further storage expansion procedures are the same for Gateway and HP as you need to add a second eight-drive expansion bay plus an extra RAID card to manage it.

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