[Gluster-users] Hardware advice?

Douglas Stanley douglas.m.stanley at gmail.com
Fri Sep 24 18:33:30 UTC 2010

Supermicro makes some awesome hardware. Should meet every one of your
requirements, and is WAY cheaper than Dell.

Check out:

They're a well respected reseller of supermicro hardware. I know I've
seen some of their stuff with infiniband, but not sure about 10gb
ethernet yet. I know you can get lots of addon cards, and they sell
quad port 1gb cards I know for sure. If you call their sales people
though, they'd be able to tell you for sure on 10GbE

Oh, and their stuff has KVM over lan functionality (my favorite part).
I can mount an iso from my desktop to the server in another building,
and install an os on the bare hardware without ever physically
touching it.

Hope that helps!

On Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM, Janne Aho <janne at citynetwork.se> wrote:
> Hi,
> We are looking into setting up a glusterfs cluster to store VM images (for
> KVM and VMware). Usually we have machines from Dell, but we haven't found
> any good machine to use which allows a good amount of disk space and
> possibility to have at least 4 NICs (we are thinking about using 10 gigabit
> network, otherwise we need to bond and use more NICs).
> Sure we could buy just off the shelf stuff to keep the cost down, but we are
> looking for having a good hardware support (to be sure if something breaks
> down, that we will get spare parts).
> Does anyone here have suggestion on hardware that can do the following:
> 1. having iDrac or similar (remote access to console)
> 2. at least 4 NICs which can be 10 gigabit (this for redundancy).
> 3. have an architecture which is supported by gluster (with other words no
> mc68k).
> 4. having space enough for a good amount of disks or jbod that can be
> connected to the machine (please no suggestion on Promise jbods).
> 5. It has to be rack mounted
> If suggesting something else than Dell, please give some price indication on
> the hardware, don't care if it's accurate or not, just that I get some
> understanding if it's something that can fit our budget.
> Thanks in advance for your replies.
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