Progress Update

A brief update on progress with RastaLabs.

Even though I’ve been pretty quiet since the Crowdfunder for RastaLabs closed, I have been doing a bunch of work behind the scenes - the majority of effort has been around trying to finalise the server hardware configuration and choice of hypervisor.

I’ve been playing with VMWare ESXi, UnRAID, Citrix XenServer and Proxmox - each have their own strengths and weaknesses. In the end I decided on Proxmox - it’s easy to use and has a good amount of useful features such as VM templates and scheduled backups.

The hardware list is as follows:

Component Make/Model
Motherboard ASRock EP2C602-4L/D16
CPU 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2670
2 x Noctua NH-U12DX i4
RAM 64GB Kingston HyperX Savage
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD
4 x 1TB WD Red
6TB WD Red1
Power Supply Seasonic P860 860W 80+ Platinum
Case Logic Case SC-416A

I’ve been experimenting with storage in an effort to provide a good balance of capacity, resiliancy and backups. The configuration I have settled on is:

  • Samsung 840 EVO as the boot drive
  • SanDisk Ultra Plus as an ISO store
  • The 4 x 1TB WD drives configured in RAID 102 for the VM store. 4TB in RAID 10 yields ~2TB of useable storage.
  • The 6TB WD drive is used as a backup drive in Proxmox.

Thank you for your continued support.

  1. Generiously dontated by g0tmi1k
  2. Without getting into a RAID 5 vs RAID 10 argument here; the reason I chose R10 over R5 (even though 5 would yield more capacity), is because R10 suffers a lower performance hit when having to replace a drive and rebuild the array. Also note that this is software RAID, using mdadm.
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