TechTalk – Tagged "Environment"– TechMikeNY




In the case of a PowerEdge R730XD loaded with 24 drives, you still need an OS that can “present” that storage to your network. You’ll need some kind of OS in that can support things like NFS, SMB, or iSCSI. And if you boot VMWare ESXi your storage will be specific to the host only unless you get VSAN licenses to share the host’s storage with other hosts in the VSPhere. So a JBOD may sound great, but the outcome of such an implementation could be disappointing if you need more than a large pool of network attached storage.

— Tim Hasselbach

“Enterprise” class drives are designed and engineered for continuous operation. “Consumer” class drives are designed to have periods where the PC will be powered off and the drives will be at cold rest. Enterprise class drives are also designed with more data pathways to allow for higher IOPS, which is in essence how many simultaneous operations the drive can sustain before the cache fills and slows the performance.

— Tim Hasselbach

Thank you for your comment below, Robert! We wholeheartedly agree!

— TechMike

This is wonderful! Paying it forward it a great way to make the world go around!

— Robert Blanda - CaddisArt, Inc

I don’t want to see or deal with my electric bill either so I use the auto-pay feature and never see a bill — problem solved :) In actuality, the power consumption is generally low. I only turn on all servers at the same time for short duration performance characterizations (e.g.: 30-60 minutes) and usually only a few times a month. I don’t really notice an increase in my electric costs. A good analogy is owning a top fuel dragster; you probably don’t care how much the fuel costs for a short 4-second 1/4 mile run, even as she burns ~1 gallon of nitromethane per second.

— Adrian Michaud

To your comment below, Lee, we were thinking the same thing, hence our question about solar or wind power. I guess you can’t have an off-the-charts homelab without the juice to run it!

— TechMike

I do not want to see the electric bill on #1.

— Lee Wilbur