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Buying new servers? How to save up to 35% on memory and storage

Buying new servers? How to save up to 35% on memory and storage

Why it pays to fill new servers with your own DRAM and SSDs

Memory and storage account for over half of a typical server’s bill of materials (BOM) cost. If money wasn’t a constraint, buying preconfigured, fully-loaded servers to power your organisation would be a no-brainer. But the reality is that budgets are a barrier to providing fast system performance across your organisation’s infrastructure and affect what you can buy. However, by purchasing servers with minimal preinstalled components and then installing Crucial® server memory and Micron® enterprise SSDs, you can save up to 35% on memory and storage – and maintain your OEM server warranties. Here’s how.

What are the biggest cost drivers when you buy new, fully-configured servers?


What’s the cost difference between a new, fully-configured server and a base model that you upgrade?

To see the impact of adding hardware to an OEM server, we compared the costs of purchasing a fully-configured server against a minimally-configured server that was upgraded with after-market memory and SSD upgrades. For the purposes of real-world comparison, we chose the Dell® PowerEdge R730xd because of its popularity, upgradeability and high performance, then priced the base model against a fully-configured model on the manufacturer’s site. Included in the base cost is one installed Intel® Xeon® E5-2650 v4 2.2GHz processor, one installed 32GB 2400 MT/s DDR4 RDIMM, one chassis with up to twelve 3.5-inch hard drive bays, one installed 2TB 7.2K RPM SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-inch hot-plug hard drive, and one 495W power supply.2 As of this writing, the base cost of this server was €7,491. While prices often change, the relative ratio between a fully-loaded configuration and one that’s upgraded later typically doesn’t change much.


Add flexibility to your budget and maintain OEM warranties with Crucial® memory1

A major hurdle for many IT pros building servers is the thought of voiding an OEM system’s warranty. Installing Crucial server memory doesn’t invalidate OEM warranties.

Save by choosing memory that’s built from start to finish by one of the world’s three major memory manufacturers.

The cost of buying preconfigured servers vs. filling your own servers

The cost of buying preconfigured servers vs. filling your own servers

See your server savings in action3

Saving more than €6,000 on a single server begs the question: How much could you save across your deployment?


Saving big isn’t an isolated incident

The cost difference of populating your servers with Crucial DRAM instead of getting it preinstalled applies across all major server manufacturers. Here’s why: Server manufacturers source server components like memory and storage from other companies. When you buy server components direct from the memory and storage manufacturer, you get proven reliability and savings.

It pays to fill your own servers

Keep your OEM warranty intact,1 achieve the same level of DRAM and SSD performance, and save up to 35% on the cost of their memory and storage.


The cost of buying preconfigured servers vs. filling your own servers

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