looked at supermicro? Dell has lost their minds.
We have a Dell account, but they jack with the prices. Their business strategy for commercial gear seems to be: Make web pricing outrageous, give okay pricing through a rep for a while, then jack up the price.
I've about had it with our Dell rep. Literally you can buy a Dell from NewEgg cheaper than through Dell. Hilariously, you can buy a Dell on eBay through Dell New In Box (no customization) for hilariously cheaper than directly through dell.
Not server, but just the other day I needed to order about 50 optiplex PCs. Dell quote? $1600 per machine. Newegg price? About $950 per machine. Service Plan, warranty, specs, part #s, everything was exactly identical. Sent my rep a link to newegg. The response I got? "Meh"
I predict Dell's implosion and I have sold my stock in Dell. I really didn't think they could behave any more stupidly than HP. I was wrong.
So, have a look at superMicro. For what you would spend on two rack servers, you could probably get three supermicro servers.
Be sure to also get the LSI raid controller, or the raid controller designed for use in the case. That's so you can get the SMB connections for extra monitoring.
This would support the 95W TDP 26xx Xeons, dual 8 core would be perfect for a DB server. CPUs would be $1500-$2500 and an obscene amount of ram.
Something bigger, suitable for 130W TDP E5 Xeons:
Though this close to 2011-3 you're best off to wait till 2011 stuff goes on sale (hint hint the above stuff) or the 2011-3 is likely to be the same price as the above stuff, once it's out. Don't know Exactly when Xeon will hit general availability. Probably Novemberish