Right a quick post to detail my lab hardware so far:
2x HP N40LMicroservers with:
- AM Turon Dual core processors @ 2Ghz
- 16GB RAM
- 2x Intel 40GB SSD
- 1x250GB SATA
- 1x500GB SATA.
- Single dual port half height 1GB NIC
Shared storage option so far is my WD external NAS 1TB drive
1x PC Spec:
- Betfenix Colossus Case
- ASUS Sabertooth P7 Motherboard
- Intel I7 2600 CPU @ 4GHz
- 8GB RAM
- 3x SSD 120GB in RAID
- 2x HDD 250GB
- EVGA GTX780TI
- VMware workstation 8
Networking: Cisco SG300-10MP layer 3 switch
I’ve intentions to put together an ISCI shared storage server from the many bits and bobs I have filling my drawers and cupboards and thinking of using FreeNAS to do the donkey work.
The lab at the moment is running ESXi 5.5 and vCenter on evaluation as I wanted to check out the new vSAN offering and 5.5 web interface. Considering trashing it and reverting to 5.0 but debating it in my mind as to whether or not I can still do the DCA study on this platform. Open to suggestions though!