Here is the scenario. Say you are going to be a purchasing great deal of servers, but first are trying out hardware from a vendor, and you need to qualify it.
Also, say that the custom software that will run on it is not even written (or the current version is so 'alpha' it have much input into this process).
Edit: The hardware is CPU heavy and memory heavy, but light on disk usage. (mainly just logging).
At this point, with my limited experience, all I can think to do is install linux, and start running memory tests, hard drive tests, cpu tests--anything I can find by googling.
I don't mind doing this, but I am wondering if I'm missing something--perhaps some uber package that tests multiple facets of hardware (maybe even tests things I don't know to test).
Does anyone have any suggestions based on experience?