[olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis

Hurley, Rod RHurley at TENASKA.com
Fri Jan 10 22:10:15 UTC 2014

Yep.  They switched their focus to blades or virtualization hosts and abandoned silo 1u servers.  We had DL360s too, but if you get a 21st century processor, you should consider cooling and power consumption.  That's why we moved to r720's and loaded them up with vms. 

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From: olug-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-bounces at olug.org] On Behalf Of Obi-Wan
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 3:55 PM
To: Omaha Linux User Group
Subject: Re: [olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis

The DL360 I'm replacing has all those features and is only 1U... and it was designed a dozen years ago. Surely progress has been made.

I can live without the dual power supplies if necessary.

On 01/10/2014 03:43 PM, Hurley, Rod wrote:
> Not sure exactly what "way smaller" is, but you won't find anything 
> you like that's less than 2u with redundant power supplies and fans 
> and more than 1 drive.  If you are intent on building your own, check 
> out this site:  
> http://www.spectrumservers.com/ssproducts/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=41
> &idproduct=220
> -Rod
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> From: olug-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-bounces at olug.org] On Behalf 
> Of Obi-Wan
> Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 3:32 PM
> To: Omaha Linux Users Group
> Subject: [olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis
> My 1st-gen HP DL360 server (Sam knows about this) that I'm using for my home firewall is starting to get a little long in the tooth.  It still runs perfectly, but it lost one of the mirrored drives this morning, and I plugged in my last spare.  The build date on that drive was 2001.
> Replacement drives are cost prohibitive, so I'll be replacing the entire chassis before I lose my last drives.
> This server runs PPPoE to terminate my DSL connection, iptables firewall, mail server, incoming web/SSL proxy, DNS, and DHCP servers.
> It's a pretty light load, and even for that ancient box. I certainly don't need much horsepower for this box.  I do want extreme reliability.  Mirrored drives are a must, and dual power supplies might be nice.  Dual cooling fans are probably wise.  None of that needs to be hot-swap, though.  I need two ethernet ports (preferably GigE, and 3 would be nice just in case).  I'd also like the chassis to be quite small so that it can hang in a telco rack when I move next year.  I'd like it to be really low power so that it'll run forever off my UPS when necessary.
> Any suggestions on the hardware and/or case I should use for this? I'm usually shopping at the other end of the horsepower spectrum. There's got to be chassis out there that are way smaller than the standard rack-mount server, but can still run a standard linux distro with some redundancy.

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