Cloud Computing: Acer`s AR380 Starts Strong in Crowded 2U Server Space

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-05-10 Print this article Print


The 2U, Acer AR380 F1 uses Intel Xeon 5500 or 5560 series processors to provide up to 12 CPU cores.
The Acer AR380 F1 uses many of the same components used in more well known competitors but charges significantly less or not at all while providing similar management features. For example, remote control—which is often a for-fee option—is provided at no additional cost in the AR320. The Intel-based, 2U system has 18 DIMM slots and can use either Xeon 5500 or 5600 series processors. The chassis does require a screw driver to open the cover and the disk drives are mounted upside down (without apparent detriment). On the upside, the slide out rail kit is another no-charge standard feature. All in all, the AR380 is a contender in the rack mount server world. ??í??í
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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