i´m trying to qualify a hardware platform supporting media sdk hw accelleration for setting up a transcoder farm in a computing center. To my astonishmnent this seems nearly impossible.
Ideally we would use 1 ru rack servers, or even better so called "micro-cloud" servers packing 8 or 12 computing units into 3 ru rackspace. Unfortunately all larger vendors like hp, dell, ibm or supermicro do not sell prebuild solutions with core i7 or xeon-e3 with integrated graphics core.
Moreover, when looking at so called "barebone" systems i found out that most of them have an internal matrox g200 or similar onboard graphics, that cannot be disabled to activate the intel integrated graphics hardware (supermicro says "there is simply no connection to vga output").
On the other hand i don´t want to place 3ru desktop or workstation hw into expensive rackspace.
Any thougts are welcome.