According to Crucial, storage and RAM make up over half the cost of a typical server build. In an environment where everyone is looking for prudent investment decisions, buying a pre-configured, fully spec’d server may not always be the correct strategy. Crucial propose, that in these scenarios, buying a base server and sourcing the RAM and storage yourself could save you upwards of 35% without risking the OEM server warranties.
The following diagram from Crucial ANZ highlight the core server components:
As part of the Crucial case study, they used a Dell® PowerEdge R730xd to assess the impact of adding self-sourced/aftermarket RAM and SSDs to the Dell server. The base model comes with the following configuration:
- Intel® Xeon® E5-2650 v4 2.2GHz processor
- 32GB 2400 MT/s DDR4 RDIMM
- Chassis with up to twelve 3.5-inch hard drive bays
- 2TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-inch hot-plug hard drive
- 495W power supply
When Crucial compared a fully optioned server to using their own self-installing server RAM and SSDs, the savings were over $7,000 or 35% per server. Server manufacturers typically source these components from other manufactures and by removing them as the middleman, you can expect to save some money without compromising the server warranty.
But as with any cost saving ideas, ensure you do your due diligence to ensure that this is an appropriate path for you. If you are tech savvy, it’s a no brainer but for those that are a little more accustomed to a turnkey solution with support, this may not be for you.