AMD 8-Core EPYC Home Server Build

AMD’s new EPYC 3201 is a good processor for a near-silent server …without sacrificing performance. I saw good price on an open box Supermicro M11SDV-8CT-LN4F. It includes an embedded AMD EPYC 3201 8-core processor. I’ve been wanting to try an AMD build for awhile so I grabbed it. This CPU was favorably benchmarked by ServeTheHome … Continue reading “AMD 8-Core EPYC Home Server Build”

VMware vs bhyve Performance Comparison

Playing with bhyve Here’s a look at Gea’s popular All-in-one design which allows VMware to run on top of ZFS on a single box using a virtual 10Gbe storage network.  The design requires an HBA and a CPU that supports VT-d so that the storage can be passed directly to a guest VM running a ZFS … Continue reading “VMware vs bhyve Performance Comparison”

Supermicro 2U ZFS Server Build

Here’s my latest VMware + ZFS VSAN all in one server build based on a Supermicro platform… this is borrowing from the napp-it all-in-one concept where you pass the SAS/SATA controller to the ZFS VM using VT-d and then share a ZFS dataset back to VMware using NFS or iSCSI.  For this particular server I’m … Continue reading “Supermicro 2U ZFS Server Build”

Supermicro X10SDV-F Build; Datacenter in a Box

I don’t have room for a couple of rackmount servers anymore so I was thinking of ways to reduce the footprint and noise from my servers.  I’ve been very happy with Supermicro hardware so here’s my Supermicro Mini-ITX Datacenter in a box build. Motherboard: Supermicro X10SDV-F CPU/Motherboard: Xeon D-1540 X10SDV.  8 cores (16 including HT … Continue reading “Supermicro X10SDV-F Build; Datacenter in a Box”

FreeNAS Mini XL, 8 bay Mini-ITX NAS

Catching up on email, I saw a Newsletter from iX Systems announcing the FreeNAS Mini XL (the irony).  On the new FreeNAS Mini page it looks just like the FreeNAS mini but taller to accommodate 8-bays. Available on Amazon starting at $1,500 with no drives. Here’s the Quick Start Guide and Data Sheet. The pictures show what appears to be equipped … Continue reading “FreeNAS Mini XL, 8 bay Mini-ITX NAS”

SSD ZFS ZIL SLOG Benchmarks – Intel DC S3700, Intel DC S3500, Seagate 600 Pro, Crucial MX100 Comparison

I ran some performance tests comparing the Intel DC S3700, Intel DC S3500, Seagate 600 Pro, and Crucial MX100 when being used as a ZFS ZIL / SLOG Device.  All of these drives have a capacitor backed write cache so they can lose power in the middle of a write without losing data. Here are … Continue reading “SSD ZFS ZIL SLOG Benchmarks – Intel DC S3700, Intel DC S3500, Seagate 600 Pro, Crucial MX100 Comparison”