Over the last one year, I have been building a cluster of multi-core machines for experimental computer systems research in my group. In the process, I have purchased a number of multi-core rack-mount servers (including a 24-core machine), a rack, and remote management cards from Red Barn Computers. For each instance of purchase, large or small, RBC staff has displayed tremendous professionalism and competence.
My group uses these machines 24×7 for compute-, memory-, and network-intensive research projects in virtualization, often testing the limits of the hardware. RBC has delivered high-quality equipment that has worked flawlessly for our needs. When I had technical questions about upgrade/installation options, RBC staff has been at hand proactive in answering my questions and in recommending optimal configurations. They have displayed detailed technical knowledge that comes from being intimately familiar with the technology – something I found lacking in other vendors who are more widely known.
RBC being a local company at Binghamton has also helped tremendously, including low delivery times and coordinating the hardware installation. Another attractive aspect of RBC is that their equipment has superior brand-name components than comparable vendors but is still lower priced and carries better support options.
In general, I am more than happy with the decision to go with Red Barn Computers and would gladly consider them for my group’s future equipment needs.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Binghamton University, State University of New York