One thing that stuck out to me is the number of people using Intel NUC or other small form factors. Some of the benefits include low power consumption and less noise.
I know many of you have been waiting to find out who won the 2018 challenge - as am I. But first, let me highlight the top challengers:
8 server nodes and a master node for holding the sources and VMs
I built myself a 3 nodes CE cluster based on Intel NUC G7
Combination of Supermicro, HP and QNAP for storage
2rd Place (3 people tied)
2 HP DL360G7 servers with QNAP TS-431P and a target duck for some nerf ammo!
4 Intel NUCs with 128GB of memory and 8TB of SSD storage
Running Mini Box PicoPSU-150-XT - Cleanest setup I've seen!
and finally our winner of the challenge, voted by you the community, is:
1st Place (2 people tied)
Which he has called - A "mini DC in an Ikea Shelf."
3 nos. of Supermicro Servers and an easy way to get started!
A big thank you to all who have contributed and to those that voted. I hope this challenge has inspired you to get a homelab or modify your homelab. It's always great when the community can share their designs and help others with their builds.
We will run this challenge each year in January; this will give us a chance to see how homelabs have evolved and/or what new items you have added to yours. You can find all the homelab design in this forum and feel free to add your throughout the year.
BTW - I will summarize the hardware and software used by folks in a different post, to help the community with any purchasing decisions.