Thinking of building a server farm?

Subject: Systems | October 13, 2015 - 03:23 PM |
Tagged: server farm, linux, DIY

Phoronix recently built a server farm and bar, a perfect use for a basement.  In building the server farm they learned quite a bit about the process of creating your own server farm as well as the costs involved.  For instance their power bill has gone up somewhat, including the air conditioning they are seeing usage of 3,000 kWh a month so you might want to do some calculations before setting up your own.  Take a look at how the mostly finished design worked out and if you are interested you can find a link to the original article covering the build on the last page. 

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"It's been just over six months since I completed construction on the large 60+ system server room where a ton of Linux benchmarking takes place just not for Phoronix.com but also the new LinuxBenchmarking.com daily performance tracking initiative and testing and development around our Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org software. Here's a look back, a few recommendations to reiterate for those aspiring to turn their cellar into a server farm, and a few things I'd do differently next time around."

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October 13, 2015 | 04:54 PM - Posted by thezfunk

He better be careful. With such a dramatic increase in his electrical usage he may find the power company reports him to the police as a potential pot grower and he could find a no-knock raid executed on his house in the middle of the night.

October 13, 2015 | 05:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What states still worry about pot growers? /s

October 13, 2015 | 06:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I find it odd that the power company who is getting paid even more money would want to interrupt that cash flow.

October 13, 2015 | 05:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

He literally could get rid of 3/4 of his hardware if he ran VM's on either hyper-V or VMWare.

What a waste of power.

October 13, 2015 | 10:37 PM - Posted by johnc (not verified)

Benchmarking inside a VM?

October 13, 2015 | 08:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's all a tax deductible business expense, including the power expense, and winter time some heating bills saved. It's for benchmarking and testing so maybe the extra hardware will be needed. I'd have this server farm/server cooling connected with a separate electrical meter billed to the business entity.

October 14, 2015 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Tax deductible" does not = Free. Not even close.

October 14, 2015 | 12:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Found a typo. their -> there

"if you are interested their is a link to the original article covering the build on the last page."

October 14, 2015 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I find it somewhat disturbing to see all of those 4U chassis hanging there off rails.

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