I am currently planning several storage-intensive servers and stumbled over these 1U servers with 3,5 drives stacked in a 3x4 to 4x4 matrix inside the chassis.
I found several manufactures for that which are all quite similar:
As I can see, Supermicro, Asrock Rack, ASUS and Tyan are...
A seller on Ebay Germany is currently auctioning single nodes of a Supermicro Micro-Cloud cluster. The Mainboard ( Supermicro X10SLE-F ) can be used with E3-1200 CPUs (V3-V4) and 4x DDR3 Memory.
It includes 2x 1GB Ethernet and 5x SATA Ports.
Specs: X10SLE-F | Motherboards | Products - Super...
I have a small ESXI host in my homelab which runs a few hours a day for experimental work.
The parts of the machine are chosen to be either low cost or low power usage:
2x E52650L on an ZTSYSTEM ACADIA12 board
128 GB DDR3 ECC
1x SSD Boot drive connected to the onboard Sata-Port
3x 3TB Sata...
There is a german hosting provider selling all the Baytech RPC-3A 8-port power controls. They have Ethernet and RS232 serial ports on board.
Patrick reported on them 4 years ago: https://www.servethehome.com/baytech-rpc3-deal-remote-switched-8port-pdu-50-windows-app/
A few additional...
Here and there I see selles (usually) on ebay selling vsphere licenses which are with no support and no upgrades available. Usually they have some descriptions like "pulled off an old server" / "was attached to hardware bundle which doesn't need vsphere" or similar.
While there are such...