Gateway GR360 F1 review

30 Jul 2010

Gateway is back in town and HP had better watch out, with its new server putting up strong competition to the DL360

Price when reviewed: 
1,761exc VAT
5

It's been a long time since we've seen the Gateway server brand in the UK, but thanks to the Acer Group it's back, and this time it means business. Gateway's launching a big family of rack, pedestal and blade servers, with a firm focus on SMBs and medium-sized businesses. In this exclusive review, we bring you the first look at its GR360 F1 rack server, which takes on HP's ProLiant DL360 G6 (web ID: 256303).

Other servers in the Gateway family are also pitted against HP models: the Gateway GR380 2U rack server targets the top-selling HP ProLiant DL380 G6 and the pedestal-based GR350, the ML350 G6.

Gateway isn't implementing a direct sales model but is targeting the channel only. It plans to compete in the 1,000-seat space, where it sees plenty of room for a creditable second place - so IBM and Dell are also in its sights.

Gateway GR360 F1

So does the GR360 F1 give Gateway the ammunition to take on the big boys in the 1U rack world? First impressions are certainly positive. Build quality and design are good, and it has the measure of HP's DL360 G6 in the storage department, as the server's front panel has room for up to eight hot-swap SFF SAS or SATA hard disks. RAID options start with an embedded Intel controller that supports the six embedded SATA ports on the motherboard.

It can handle mirrors, stripes and RAID5, but these are implemented in software only. HP has the edge here, since the DL360 comes as standard with an embedded P410i controller and a pair of four-port SAS interfaces on the motherboard.

The GR360 can be easily upgraded to improve its storage outlook, as the L-shaped motherboard accepts Gateway's Flex I/O cards. These offer some unusual expansion options: the cards plug directly into an interface slot at the bottom of the central riser.

They sit flush with the motherboard, so don't obstruct the riser's own PCI Express expansion slot above. There's also room for another PCI Express card on the other side, although it would have to be very short so as not to obstruct the processor's heatsink in front of it.

Details

Price ex VAT £1,499

Warranty

Warranty 3yr on-site next business day

Ratings

Overall rating 5
Performance 5
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Physical

Server format Rack
Server configuration 1U

Processor

CPU family Intel Xeon
CPU nominal frequency 2.13GHz
Processors supplied 1
CPU socket count 1

Memory

RAM capacity 192GB
Memory type DDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration 3 x 150GB WD VelociRaptor 10K SFF SATA hard disks in hot-swap carriers
Total hard disk capacity 450
RAID module Embedded ICH10R six-port SATA controller
RAID levels supported 0, 1, 5, 10

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports 4
ILO? yes

Power supply

Power supply rating 750W

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 93W
Peak power consumption 147W

Software

OS family None