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:
|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.
- Generiously dontated by g0tmi1k ↩
- 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