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    Building a cheap ESX farm...

    So, it was about time I sorted my network out.......I've had a ton of windows servers crammed onto an ESX host that was made from spare parts a few years ago.....it is creeking and groaning way too much and I even virtuallised my PDC and vCentre server - tut tut.

    So after spending a ridiculous number of hours researching over the last few days I finally ordered all my bits to replace it.

    DC, vCentre Server and NFS
    The NAS is going and I have picked up a HP ML110 G5 from ebay for £144. I have 8GB DDR2 to slap in it (almost sold it a few times recently ).....going to reclaim the HDDs from my NAS and install 4 of them on the internal RAID (128MB BBWC unit built in!) and then enable the NFS service to use the storage for VMDK storage.

    ESX Hosts
    Decided to go with a 2 node ESX cluster.....with the following cheap and upgradable hardware:
    Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 (On-board NIC is ESX 5.0 compatible)
    Athlon X3 455
    8GB DDR3 1600
    Asus TM-B11 (seems small enough)
    Enermax ENP350AGT
    Also have a Intel PCI-E GBe NIC to add to each one to seperate vMotion/vmdk traffic from LAN

    Cost ~200 each.

    I had a look at the Microservers but by the time you add 8GB it's only 40 less and no upgradability. These will take 2 more DIMMs and Bulldozer chips

    Really looking forward to a whole new era of network performance and reliability
    Last edited by shaithis; 03-10-2011 at 04:01 PM.
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    Re: Building a cheap ESX farm...

    The Phenom II X6 1055T is starting to drop in price. Aria had them for around £108 last week.

    They also seem to have the Athlon II X3 for a relatively low price:

    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...NQZXJQYWdlPSY=


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    Re: Building a cheap ESX farm...

    I was sooooo tempted by the hex core but I am going to 'slum' it with 2 triple cores load-balanced instead.

    At least until I can justify swapping them for BD chips
    Main PC: Asus Rampage IV Extreme / 3960X@4.5GHz / Antec H1200 Pro / 32GB DDR3-1866 Quad Channel / Sapphire Fury X / Areca 1680 / 850W EVGA SuperNOVA Gold 2 / Corsair 600T / 2x Dell 3007 / 4 x 250GB SSD + 2 x 80GB SSD / 4 x 1TB HDD (RAID 10) / Windows 10 Pro, Yosemite & Ubuntu
    HTPC: AsRock Z77 Pro 4 / 3770K@4.2GHz / 24GB / GTX 1080 / SST-LC20 / Antec TP-550 / Hisense 65k5510 4K TV / HTC Vive / 2 x 240GB SSD + 12TB HDD Space / Race Seat / Logitech G29 / Win 10 Pro
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