As part of SC’10 Sumavi will be installing the IBM iDataplex demo rack. As such, I got a pair of iDataplex dx360s to install. I fired them up and they both started running. The cool thing about these machines is that they are much quieter than what I remember. The BIOS updates or something must have fixed this. So kudos to that.
The other cool thing about the iDataplex dx360 M2 is that I can just plug it into my wall and it starts booting right away.
But here’s the suckiness:
- Booting up takes forever. This is the same as the HP BL460c G6s I just had. For some reason the industry has decided that longer boot up times may save time somewhere else.
- The BIOS updates are well… not as fast. There were a few times I was waiting.
So those are my initial impressions. Now, the first cool thing to do is the BIOS settings:
While the boot up will still be slow, with these options in place it seems to go much faster. Since PXE booting is how you manage these things then its a pretty good setup.