Something rackable that can be managed remotely.
can preconfigure it before going to the data centre?
Specifically, it needs to support VLANs, so it can have separate
internal and external network VLANs configured. Attaching a serial port
to it from the blade server will be impossible, so it needs IP
management (ssh/telnet is preferred, of course, but we can always get to
it via an ssh port forward if it's web-only)
It'll also need a minimum of 10 fast ethernet ports + 1 uplink port, and
it would be nicer if it had at least 16 fast ethernet ports + 1 uplink
port (uplink can be fast ethernet or gigabit ethernet, doesn't really
matter, but it does need to be copper).
Each blade has two NICs (internal and external), and there are 5 active
blades (2x www, mail, db, hoiho), and there are some (3 I believe) spare
blades up there that would be very useful to be able to move services
onto without requiring a callout, so being able to cable up all 8 blades
at once is a sensible thing to do.