A few of you may have heard the mutterings on Twitter that I was hunting around for some new gear. At first I was going to go down the path that Kendrick Coleman took and build out a white box lab (See his green machines post here). However, as I got into the weeds of ordering and comparing parts on NewEgg, I found that the Dell T110 is both reasonably priced and on the VMware vSphere HCL.
Iomega ix4-200d 4TB
Not pictured is an Iomega ix4-200d 4TB that provides the storage back-end and a 24port 1gbit dumb switch for connectivity.
Screenshot of Ultimate Cluster Power:
This setup runs vSphere like a boss, at least compared to my old setup. As large as the boxes are, they’re actually quite quiet. The switch on the other hand, is a noisy mother. If I include the ix4 into the cost, it brings me to about 1600 for a decent vSphere home lab that is on the HCL and supports a lot of really cool features.