New Home Server2 min read
Much like my other recent article about my workstation upgrade, I decided to give my home server a big performance boost. This machine has went through many hardware iterations. Here are just the CPUs that I can think of: Athlon X64, Xeon X3000 series, Celeron 847, i3, and most recently, a Haswell i5-4590. I have also experimented and learned many different storage technologies due tothis journey. It began with mdadm+LVM, then onto ZFS in Solaris -> Openindiana -> OmniOS -> Linux, and now, I’m back to using Ubuntu 16.04 with SnapRAID + mergerfs for my bulk media and ZFS for my boot pool and Docker containers. This has proven to be a very flexible solution for my home server media setup.
All of this is re-purposed gear or used gear (many of these parts where purchased either via eBay or in the case of the motherboard and RAM from natex.us). This setup works great and is a huge performance improvement over my old setup. Adding all this CPU horsepower consequently impacted the total power draw of the system over a single CPU system with new architecture. At idle, the power draw went up about 65 watts over the i5-4590 system with 1 HBA + SAS Expander. At full load, that difference is a whole lot bigger 🙂
Home Server Parts List
CASE: Norco 4224
PSU: EVGA Supernova 750 G2
MOBO: Intel S2600CP
CPU: 2x Intel Xeon e5-2670 v1 SR0KX (16 physical cores and 32 threads total)
RAM: 16x Hynix 8GB DDR3 ECC RAM (128GB total)
CPU Heatsinks: 2 x Supermicro SNK-P0050AP4
OS HD: (2) Intel S3700 400GB in ZFS mirror (an Intel 730 is shown in the pictures below).
HDs: (8)HGST He8 8TB, (8)WD Red 6TB, and (8)HGST NAS 4TB. Using SnapRAID with triple parity + mergerfs for 128TB usable
HBAS: 3x Dell H310’s flashed to the latest P20 IT firmware
ADDON: Mellanox X-2 Connect 10GBe over fiber to my workstation upstairs
ADDON: Intel AXXRMM4(+Lite) Modules for iKVM
This server hosts my files via SnapRAID + mergerfs, and employs Docker containers for a number of things including: Crashplan, Plex, Plexpy, Unifi, etc.