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Anyone here use the Dell Poweredge R710 server for VEP?
Last post Thu, Apr 23 2020 by ibanman555, 9 replies.
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Posted on Sat, Jun 23 2018 19:04
by mbira
Joined on Thu, Nov 23 2017, Posts 37

I'm looking at these servers for VEP.  Anyone here using them?  Any tips?  Do you use a regular OS or Server OS?  Thanks!  

Posted on Mon, Jul 02 2018 06:13
by mbira
Joined on Thu, Nov 23 2017, Posts 37

Well alrighty then!  Shame to hear.  It looks like you cna get the same specs as the 12 core cheese grader mac but with up to 300+gigs of ram for only a few hundred bucks.  Seems like it would be a good fit, but I don't know servers.

Posted on Mon, Jul 02 2018 08:05
by al_lupo77
Joined on Fri, Jun 09 2017, Posts 51

I think the main question is about operating system. Nowaday servers are optimized for virtualization and, if you don't use an hypervisor, you will need a server OS, mainly because it is not guaranteed that Win10 will support all the peripherals.

If you do have a virtual infrastructure, go for it; you can easily get a barely used server with two hexacore Xeons and 192 GB RAM for less than 1500 euros. If not, you can try the VMWare ESXi free edition, now (if I remember correctly) there is only a limitation in 2 physical CPU (not cores).

I use IBM at work, but HW brand is not so important nowaday unless you need assistance.

If you are thinking about servers as slaves, I'd rather go for 2 slaves with less ram due to processor speed (so, two twin systems with 2x X5690 Six Core 3.46 GHz and 128GB RAM would be about 2100 euros...).

Posted on Mon, Jul 02 2018 15:20
by Bill
Joined on Fri, Sep 23 2005, Berkshires, MA, Posts 939

And remember that servers sound are LOUD, like a jet airplane taking off...

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Posted on Mon, Jul 02 2018 16:37
by al_lupo77
Joined on Fri, Jun 09 2017, Posts 51

Yes, and you need a rack, and a cooling, and they take a LIFE to make a cold start...

Posted on Tue, Jul 03 2018 02:48
by mbira
Joined on Thu, Nov 23 2017, Posts 37

Thanks for the help.  They are really cheap on ebay:

12 core 64 gig $350:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-R710-12-Core-2-5-Server-64GB-RAM-PERC6i-DVD-iDRAC6-2x-600GB-SAS/222330077951?hash=item33c3e7c2ff

There are a whole lot of them...

Posted on Tue, Aug 14 2018 01:03
by ChrisEE
Joined on Wed, May 23 2018, Posts 1

Hi Everyone,

I have that server in my studio, it's only a month now. 

Unfortunately I'm regretting my purchasing of Vienna and of course the server. That's why:

- Server CPU @15% and VEP CPU totally spiked over 95%
- RAM Used: 20 Gb but it is sufficient since I can't put any other file on Vienna or it will explode. Clicks and distortions even when I play only ONE track.

Please help me guys. I'm going back to only one computer, VEP seems to be a perfect useless tool and a bad purchasing. My old Mac Pro by itself can load the same libraries in Cubase without any problem.

My computers:

MASTER: Mac Pro 5.1 8 cores, 64Gb RAM 

SLAVE: Dell Poweredge R710 Xeon X5670 @ 2.93 GHz, 128 Gb RAM, storage 8 terabyte with all SSD, no raid

Direct cable connection, Cat6, cable length 15Mt. 

Please help me!

Posted on Wed, Oct 23 2019 14:00
by Shamk
Joined on Fri, Oct 19 2018, Posts 11

Is it baremetal or ESXI installation ?

I guess you'll have some anwsers here : CPU Performance vs. Real-Time Performance in Digital Audio ..

Posted on Thu, Apr 23 2020 23:04
by ibanman555
Joined on Mon, Jan 23 2017, Adirondack - New York , Posts 8
Old thread, but I'm using this exact setup. I have W10 installed on the server, and it works great. I'm crushing it with plugins and it handles great. Using VEP7. Host is PC with W10 also.
Pro Tools 2019.5 - Windows 10 64-bit - Intel DX79SR - Intel i7-3930K - 64GB RAM - GTX 690 - RME Fireface 800 - Kurzweil PC2
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