[olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis

Christopher Cashell topher-olug at zyp.org
Thu Jan 16 06:25:38 UTC 2014

On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 1:02 AM, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:
> Thanks for all the suggestions.  I'm leaving town for the weekend, and won't have time to
> research your suggestions until Monday.  I'd like to keep this box under $500 if possible.
> Given how easily the DL360 ran all of those services, keeping them all on a single new
> box should be easy to do.

It's definitely possible to keep them all on a single box with any
modern server (assuming it has multiple network interfaces).  Your
mention of small had me thinking about something different than a
traditional server, though.

My thought was to get something like a MikroTik RouterBOARD router[1]
($50-$120, depending on model) to handle the network functionality,
and something like an Intel Next Unit of Computing[2] (~$250 or so to
build out) to handle the server functionality.

Both of them:
 - are small
 - reasonably priced
 - draw fairly little power
 - have almost no moving parts
 - use solid-state/flash storage
 - are capable of handling the load described

If I didn't do something like that, I'd probably get a single server
box, but still split it logically with 2 (or more) VMs.

[1] http://routerboard.com/
[2] www.amazon.com/Intel-Next-Computing-Black-BOXDCCP847DYE/dp/B00B7I8HZ4/

> Ben "Obi-Wan" Hollingsworth, www.Jedi.com


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