Well thanks to @Marsh I got and setup one of those dual core AMD boards. Dual port Intel NIC came in yesterday. Had a mini itx case, 8GB DDR3 and Intel SSD laying around, got pfsense installed but it will have to wait until late night this weekend to swap from out current pfsense box. We'll see...
Old I know but not bad for a motherboard, CPUs, I/O shield and what looks like 1u heatsinks.
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Edit: ATX formfactor if someone needs cheap workstations.
Thanks everyone. I've been reading up on ceph for the past few days. I think I'm going to skip ceph this go round. I'd want to setup a test platform for it before rolling it out.
Perhaps I'll nest a proxmox ceph inside this proxmox.
I don't have the network infrastructure to support it currently ( only 1GB) but it looks like it is possible to have the ceph network on a 10gb link without a 10gb switch (forgetting the term).
The 8 SSDs in server1 are 80GB.
Thanks for the feedback!
The current workflow is several projects being worked on at the same time on the development server.
Some projects get moved on, some are stalled, some get canned altogether. The drives are older model SSDs and push about 600mb/400mb read/write.
I have three identical servers, let's call them server1, server2 and server3. RAM, CPUs everything but the storage is identical.
Currently server1 has a RAID 10 of 8 SSDs. This is a development server that hosts in progress VMs and LXCs until they are ready to move to production.
My opinion is you would need something that is highly threaded to make them worthwhile even with free power. Opteron 6300 are the same (essentially) cores as the FX desktop line. Difference being these have significantly reduced clock speed for increased core counts. Performance wise compared to...
I'm curious about the hyperthreading implementation. Since it's the first x86 with >2 threads per core I wonder if there was any optimization on the core level to make better use of the extra threading and if there is a sweet spot similar to Power 8.
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