Abundo needed a new NAS/SAN. After investigating several commercial vendors equipment, such as Dell, HP etc I came to the conclusion that a custom built machine would give the best performance and flexibility for the money.
After carefully selecting equipment, I ended up with
- SSD: OCZ Vertex plus R2 2.5″ 60 GB
- PSU: OCZ Modxstream Pro 600W PSU with modular cabling
- CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230V2 Quad Core 3.3GHZ 8 MB S-1555
- DRAM: 2 x Corsair 8GB DDR3 Venegance PC3-12800 1600 MHz CL10
- Chassis: Compucase S411 19″ 4U
- Disk backplane: Chiefteck 4×3.5 SAS/SATA in 3×5.25″ trays
- Disk: 2 x Seagate Barracuda 3TB, SATA 6 Gb/s (SATA 3.0), 64 MB Cache, 7200 RPM
- Motherboard: ASUS P8C WS C216 for E3-1200 and Core I3 ECC S-1155 ATX
The SSD is used to boot Vmware ESXI 5.1. Details on the software setup will be posted in another blog entry.
I selected the Xeon CPU to get 8 MB of L3 cache. Large cache is important when running many parallel tasks.
The motherboard has room for 4 DIMMs and maximum 32 GB o DRAM. It has dual Intel 82574 NICs, which are well supported in ESXI and gives high throughput with low CPU load.
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