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My new personal server.... [Oct. 18th, 2005|11:42 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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I'm getting a full rack and 2 Mbps at United Layer soon, so I ordered myself a new personal server (from Silicon Mechanics, of course):
CPU:  Dual Intel Xeon - 2.8GHz - EM64T - 2MB Cache - 800 FSB
RAM:  4GB (4 x 1GB) PC2700/DDR333 Registered ECC - Interleaved
NIC:  Dual 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC (Intel 82541GI) - Integrated
Management:  IPMI 2.0 Controller
PCI:  3Ware 9500S-4LP 4 Port SATA RAID Controller w/128MB CACHE
HDD 1:  Western Digital RE 320GB (7.2Krpm-8MB Cache) SATA
HDD 2:  Western Digital RE 320GB (7.2Krpm-8MB Cache) SATA
HDD 3:  Western Digital RE 320GB (7.2Krpm-8MB Cache) SATA
HDD 4:  Western Digital RE 320GB (7.2Krpm-8MB Cache) SATA
CD-ROM:  Slimline 8X DVD-ROM
Floppy:  1.44MB Floppy
O/S:  None
Rail Kit:  2 Piece Ball Bearing Rail Kit
Software-wise I plan to run Linux 2.6, Xen 2.0.x, LVM2, and then bunches of VMs. Probably DRBD too, once I get a second hot spare server.
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-19 06:43 am (UTC)
How much for a full rack and two megs?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 06:45 am (UTC)
$600/month.

But I figure enough friends will chip in over time to make it reasonable. There are already two pretty interested, and I'd suspect a half dozen others.

Plus it's just month-to-month, so there's little stress.
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-19 06:52 am (UTC)
Hmm.

What kind of access to the rack? Like, if I blow out a disk, can I head up there and replace it, or do I need to drag you over too?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 06:54 am (UTC)
They said 24x7 for me, but I'd assume I could get more keys made. I'll ask.
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-24 09:30 pm (UTC)
I think I'm in for this, I just had a nice network outage at EV1 (for which the request for ETR was "uhhhhhhh, I dunno, I dont think we have one, sorry dude!", in the best stoned idiot voice possible).

How much to drop my 1U in that rack?
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[User Picture]From: funjon
2005-10-19 06:53 am (UTC)
Oh, and who is the bandwidth from? I didnt know UL was a transit provider?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 06:55 am (UTC)
I think it says on their website. I don't remember. But everybody's in that building, so you can get transit from anybody if you don't like their blend.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2005-10-19 07:16 am (UTC)
Which building? 200p or 365m?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 07:17 am (UTC)
200p. Way cheaper.
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[User Picture]From: wetzel
2005-10-19 07:11 am (UTC)
raid-5ing those drives?
that's a ton of space for a personal server.

do you have a linux distro of choice, or go for the roll-your-own world?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 07:18 am (UTC)
RAID 1+0.

Debian über alles.
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[User Picture]From: visions
2005-10-19 03:36 pm (UTC)
any reason for choosing the sata instead of the sata-ii controller?
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[User Picture]From: askbjoernhansen
2005-10-19 08:26 am (UTC)

No Opteron?

Why not their opteron server (in the same/similar 4xSATA chassis)?


- ask
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 08:35 am (UTC)

Re: No Opteron?

Family loyalty. :-) Dad's been at Intel since 1984, and I worked there too for a bit.
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[User Picture]From: askbjoernhansen
2005-10-19 08:52 am (UTC)

Re: No Opteron?

Funny. I suppose that's as good a reason as any. =)


- ask (who thanks you for having written about the 4xSATA servers so I could nag SM about letting me buy them before they were "released").
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 09:06 am (UTC)

Re: No Opteron?

I think LJ has a bunch of those 4xSATA. They just don't advertise them.
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[User Picture]From: feignedapathy
2005-10-19 03:36 pm (UTC)
United Layer can't spell colocation? :\
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From: narfer
2005-10-19 04:39 pm (UTC)
unitedlayer is great. i've had a box at their 160 fed street shop for a year now, and have not had a single problem. how much are you paying?
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From: narfer
2005-10-19 04:44 pm (UTC)
60fed, rather. you're paying a little much for that though..
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 04:49 pm (UTC)
Why? What are you paying?
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[User Picture]From: nick
2005-10-19 05:09 pm (UTC)

floppy drive?

rad.

isn't that a bit of overkill for your porn collection though?

Is this the start of Brad's dvd collection being streamed online?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-19 05:14 pm (UTC)

Re: floppy drive?

With a few TB, there's no end of possibilities.
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2005-10-20 05:54 am (UTC)
$600/mo comes with the 2 Mbps, cross connect, and how much power? That's a bunch higher than the floor quote I got for a full cab from 365m.

I didn't have a chance to check out the 200p facility at all, either... More focused on centers in the SJ area.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-20 06:12 am (UTC)
20 amp.

What's your quote?
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2005-10-20 06:19 am (UTC)
~$475 for the full cab, no power or cross connect. ~$75 for a cat5/6 cross connect, and setup fees for whatever power. Power is billed at the PG&E rates + 1% or so (approx $150/mo for a fully loaded 20A circuit). If you're at 20A (rated around 16A?) then your deal would be better with a loaded rack. I hadn't tried to haggle the price yet though.
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