I would like to take a moment to say Thank you to my wife Jasia❤. I am lucky to have such a supporting and loving wife in my life. She understands my passion for technology, especially when it comes to virtualization and allows me to purchase different technologies to further my knowledge.
Now on to why I updated my homelab. Click here to view the current hardware components. I have been running the two Dell R710 in my lab now for a few months. When I decided to put rack mount servers in I knew there would be some obvious issues:
- Noise – Started to hear complaints from the wife and daughter.
- Cooling – AC constantly running in order to keep that closet cool.
- Cost – Increase in electric bill….DUH.
So to address these concerns I decided to build an energy efficient/quite host that would allow me to implement VSAN and have DVGA support. Before I could proceed I needed to get approval from the budget committee aka the wife. So after deliberations ended I was granted approval and set off to www.newegg.com to begin the process. A critical concern needed to be addressed and thats finding a suitable I/O controller from VMware HCL. I chose to go with LSI 9211-8i.
- ✓ I/O Controller – 9211-8i (IT Firmware) x 3
- ✓ Infiniband 20GB Controller – HP PCIe 4x DDR dual-port HCA x 3
- DVGA Card – Quadro K2200 (Not purchased yet) x 1
The other two hosts were built using Chris Wahl’s build with some minor tweaks…thanks Chris! I chose not to go with his build again as I needed x16 slots for the video card. The X10SAE-O fit the bill perfect but does have one drawback is no IPMI support. Since I seldom use this feature it wasn’t a deal breaker.
Also checkout Vladan Seget blog as he has an excellent post on the Cisco Topspin 120 Infiniband Switch!
Below are the components used to build this host.
Qty. Product Description
Those interested below is the logical layout of my environment: