Growing HomeLab

  • 11 January 2018
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startet with
2 Supermicro 1 HE Chassis and each with 1 Xeon CPU, 6 Core, 32 GB RAM, 2 SSDs and 4 TB HDDs.
Next steps made with UPS Power, new Switches etc.
First run was with VMware ESXi 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5. Works fine but Power Consumptions is terrible!

So first Redesign was made:
After testen Nutanix CE in a Linux Workstation as embedded Solution with 1 and 3 Node Cluster new hardware was shipped.
3 Intel Skull Canyons with 32 GB, 2 Samsung Pro NVMe SSDs each etc.
Works fine now as Part in my Homelab:
- First i used VSAN 6.0, 6.2 and 6.5
- Now runs CE on the little cluster

Power Consumption for the Stack with NAS Backup, Replication and Network is ok now:

Next Steps:
- Supermicro Superserver 5028 TN4T with 128 GB RAM
- 10GB Backend
- Bigger NAS-Storage with 10GB

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Hi frsbeckum looks really good
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Update is ongoing. New Hardware is arrived and changed to

  • Nutanix CE to 4Nodes Intel Skull Canyon with 32GB / NVMe SSD each
  • VMware vSAN 6.7 on Supermicro E2008D with 128GB SSD/HDD each
  • NAS Update to QNAP TVS 88x with 64GB and 10Gbit network
  • 10 Gbit/s Network with 16port Netgear in the backend

Next Step:
Split from 14HE Rack to 2 Racks (14HE and old 10HE).
Interconnect from Rack 1 to 2.
Nice job! :-)

One question:
The specs for Nutanix CE mention, that NVMe is not supported for Hot Tier flash.
Does it still work for you, or are there any problems?
And are you getting full bandwith?

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  • nvme works fine. no problem in intel skull canyons
  • Intel skull canyons only use 1 gbit/s interface. so bandwith is ok. See the attachment. It is one Intel Skull Canyon Node.....

Many thanks - I may buy an NVMe SSD too, then!
I'll let you know how it works...