Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower available in 1U version featured in 3 node PernixData $10K give-away
This past December, you may recall Veeam's $10K give-away story:
- Register by Dec 22 to win Veeam's year-end $10K home lab global giveaway, your chance to get a free Supermicro SuperServer Bundle?
that featured a chance to win the same Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower that many virtualization enthusiasts have invested in. The same system that I've invested in, and rather publicly xenappblog's Trond Eirik Haavarstein. But did you also notice that PernixData also did their $10K give-away first? Admittedly, I didn't spot this until just yesterday, and I'm a guy who was actually at VMworld 2015! What can I say, I didn't make it to everybody's booth, and I'm sure kicking myself now. I would have loved to have done another PernixData video interview. Given how many questions I'm seeing at TinkerTry around clusters and vSANs, I just had to share Frank's post, here you go:
- VMworld Ultimate Home DC giveaway
Aug 19 2015 by Frank Denneman at PernixData:
People like to build home labs. Home labs are great for researching a problem, discovering new features or honing your skill set. Want to get that new certification? Get a home lab and create, tinker and destroy architectures to truly master the subject. It can be argued that a home lab has become almost a necessity to advance your career in IT.
..A setup that doesn’t consume power like there is no tomorrow and wrapped in a nice case that possibly has a high Wife Acceptance Factor.
Wow, PernixData didn't scrimp on this give-away. Of course, having two 10Gbe and 2 1GbE ports onboard each SuperServer, along with full-speed PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe, allows this rig to really show off their PernixData FVP. You too can try FVP Freedom yourself, for free, for up to 128GB of read acceleration, a good use for up to 128GB of RAM on each system.
Looking closely at the picture, you'll also notice the rather pricey 10GbE switch in the picture:
I have not personally tried this SYS-5018D-FN4T 1U server out, but the BIOS and all other design elements should be identical to the SYS-5028D-TN4T that I have extensively tested these past 7 months.
Comparison between the SYS-5028D-TN4T and SYS-5018D-FN4T
There's a few things you should know about this 1U system, that features the same Xeon D-1540/1541 CPU on the same exact Xeon D-1540/1541 X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard:
- power supply is lowered from 250 watts to 200 watts
- PCI slot is turned 90 degrees
- PCI slot goes from low profile to full height
- small chassis fans in 1U servers tend to be a bit noisier
- integrated CPU fan that's on the mini-towers is gone, instead, the passively cooled heat-sink-vanes are much taller, with system fan air moving air across those vanes from front to back
Yeah, it's Valentine's Day! I would guess that today might not be the best day to ask your significant other for such a purchase ;-)
If you're looking for a Xeon D-1540/1541 system in a mini-tower form factor, then it would seem the SYS-5028D-TN4T might be better suited for your use, with an even higher WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor), as Frank puts it. Available in the ESXi-ready Bundle 2:
- Order a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient home virtualization lab solutions
If you're looking for a Xeon D-1540/1541 system in a 1U rack-mount form factor, then it would seem the SYS-5018D-FN4T might be better suited for your use, seen at Wiredzone, for example:
If you're just shopping, and/or interested in opportunities to ask me questions during live events, please join me! Details:
Finally, check out another PernixData guy and his rig:
- My vSphere Home Lab. 2016 edition
Jan 24 2016 by Pete Koehler at vmPete.com An inside the ropes look at Virtualization, networking, storage, and everything else in IT
Despite some concerns over higher RPM fans, along with some reservations about the usability of the 10GbE Netgear XS708E switch, this Technical Marketing Engineer at PernixData sure sounds pretty darn happy with his rig. It's all about the storage, be sure to see what he says about using the Intel 750 Series NVMe storage that I TinkerTry'd here and here!
See also at TinkerTry
Order a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient home virtualization lab solutions
Longest email thread ever about Xeon D-1540, VMware, NVMe, vSAN, backup dedupe, and so much more...
Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower now ready for business as the first Intel Xeon D-1500 in the VMware Compatibility Guide
- Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 Product Family Thermal/Mechanical Specification and Design Guide
Supermicro X10SDV-F Build; Datacenter in a Box
Jul 05 2015 by Benjamin Bryan
Fun thread by LCtrlBTN on subreddit /r/homelab by the winner of a 2 NUC home lab
- PernixData FVP Software
Enter to win a #HomeDC worth over $10k. Booth 1023 #VMworld2015 #DCawakens pic.twitter.com/wIXC80qS7f— PernixData (@PernixData) August 30, 2015
Special delivery for @xenappblog @Wiredzone, I'm Miami-bound! https://t.co/YUtd0ClEvT pic.twitter.com/BFUte6VfKr— Paul Braren (@paulbraren) December 4, 2015
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I personally traveled to Wiredzone near Miami FL to see the assembly room first-hand, and to Supermicro HQ in San Jose CA to share ideas and give direct product feedback.
I'm a full time IT Pro for the past 23 years. I've worked with IBM, HP, Dell, and Lenovo servers for hands-on implementation work across the US. Working from home lately, I'm quite enjoying finally owning a lower-cost Supermicro solution that I can recommend to IT Pro colleagues, knowing it will "just work." That's right, no tinkering required.