Supermicro 4 node cluster

  • 1 December 2017
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I have a 4 node cluster setup with CE running on the following hardware that works well:

Supermicro SYS-5018D-FN4T Xeon D-1540/1541 1U featuring the X10SDV-8C-TLN4F motherboard
(2) Samsung 850 Pro SSDs in each (Latest firmware)
(2) WD Red Pro 6TB spinning drives in each
128GB Ram in each
Dual Intel X552/557 10Gbe NICs built into the motherboard
(2) XS708T ProSAFE 8-Port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switches
(1) Cisco 2960X switch
Running in active/backup mode for the NICs (Both the dual 1Gb and dual 10Gb)


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Nice! I'm about to purchase a 3rd node (SYS-5018D-FN4T) for mine as well, did you ever try running just with a 1gb switch or did you go for the 10gb from the start? heard mixed results, if its all flash then 10gb is a must, if mixed then its just a nice to have from what I understand.
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Hello,I have been 10Gb from the start but I run lots of VMs and needed to ensure low lantency with the replications and such. Some VMs are ok to have higher latency but some are kiosks that are used in real time like a regular PC.William
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My biggest issue has been heat from the spinning drives in the tiny 1U cases. I specifically wanted hardware that had the lowest power draw for the cluster. 400W for the cluster is GREAT for me. I purchased with 4 year hardware warranty on my whole hardware bundle on purpose. ;)William
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I do use 1Gb connections for many of my VMs though.William
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Really sweet setup viper - looks awesome. Thanks for sharing!
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

I have recently bought the Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN2F Intel Xeon D-1521 with 32GB RAM. This is a similar motherboard to yours but without the 2 x 1GbE NICS and a slower CPU.

Since you are using 10GbE networking, am i right to think CE has full support for the Dual Intel X552/557 NICs and most importantly can these 10GbE NICs able to auto negotiate with 1GbE network switches because I don't have any 10GbE connectivity in my lab.

Would greatly appreciate your reply
Hello Viper,
you have build in 2x SSD 2,5" and 2x3,5" RED in each Node?
i read the Documentation and i found not this configuration...

i found 2x3,5 or 4x,2,5" we have you Build in you Drives?
i think a Combination 2x2,5 and 1x3,5 is poible is not in Documentation.


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I would like to confirm that my Supermicro mobo X10SDV-4C-TLN2F Intel Xeon D-1521 can run CE 20180425.199. The 10GbE Intel X552/557 also work fine and they negotiate with 1GbE network switches.
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I would like to use a 240GB NVMe on my Nutanix CE based X10SDV-4C-TLN2F Intel Xeon D-1521 host. Could some please confirm if CE NOW supports NVMe for running the CVM?