@Pete-S They dropped the price to 1061.24 since I posted. lol Interesting. Yes, but that is a max of 12 nvme. I may have misunderstood that option with 8 SAS/SATA. I am guessing that the max of 12 would allow for more SAS/SATA, although it doesn't mention it. My issue was also with the available drive capacities and cost per TB for spinning disks in the 2.5" spec.
Yeah, especially direct from the OEM. Have you thought about buying the storage from xByte instead?
Are their drives brand new? I did price out a server with specs as similar to Dell's as possible and it was only off by a couple grand.
IMHO, I consider their drives are 99.9% brand new as its possible an OEM install was done on the drive or something like that. Plus testing of the drive by the OEM and xByte.
Their hardware is manufacturer refurbished, not used. Big difference.
If you can get a Dell ProSupport (w/w-out) Plus 7 year warranty on the server with the drives from xByte, it doesn't really matter if they are new or not. They are under warranty for 7 years and you have no worries.