[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Jim Holtzman]
Continuing the saga of virtualizing EBS at home.
Step 1: Set a budget for dating EBS. This is coming out of my pocket so I set a hard limit of $2000. Done.
Step 2: Determine hardware requirements. I read the following:
I'm going to aim for the following: 16GB RAM, 4 fast hard drives (10k RPM), two quad-core procs (64-bit, of course), two NICS. Ambitious. Let's see what I find.
Pre-built serverI looked at several vendors and quickly determined it was not possible to meet budget with a pre-built machine. Not even close. Maybe this date is going nowhere fast.
DIY serverA do-it-yourself server just might keep things moving. I've built desktops before. Not servers. I'll give it a shot. Here's my list of hardware priced out:
Total: $2,079 - over budget. Cut out the second quad-core proc.
New total: $1,852. The date is progressing.
I placed the order. Hope I didn't forget something important. You'll let me know, right?
Note: I'm not meeting all the hardware requirements suggested by the EBS team. I don't have a RAID set. I don't have a second processor. Consider this a test environment setup.
Definitely looking forward to following what you encounter, we are running a virtualized EBS solution here in our production environment and am looking forward to seeing what you encounter and lending a hand if necessary!
[ Today's post comes to us courtesy of Jim Holtzman] Continuing the saga of virtualizing EBS at home.
Just wanted to mention that you will need three NICs. You have a good amount of RAM. Would be better to use SATA and spend on CPU and RAM for this virutalized environment. A couple of more disks would be helpful.
Where did you pick up 147GB 15K SAS drives for $180 each? That's a pretty good deal.
I just picked up a Dell PowerEdge 2900III with dual Intel Zeon 5430s, 16GB memory, PERC 6i raid, dual GB nics, and redundant power for about the same price, but it had 3 80GB SATA drives in it.