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From David Nalley <da...@gnsa.us>
Subject Re: Demo Lab - To rent or To buy
Date Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:06:44 GMT
So it's not ideal, particularly from a RAM perspective. But my
personal, local demo lab is using Mac Mini Servers. Mac Mini's are
small, quiet, don't draw a ton of power and can be repopulated with up
to 16GB of RAM. The UEFI is somewhat painful for installing things
that aren't OSX, but not impossible.

--David

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM, Ian Duffy <ian@ianduffy.ie> wrote:
> @IIya - Thanks for the response.
>
> You dont need a server, a nicely loaded desktop or even large laptop would
>> do the job.
>
>
> I've currently been trying to do this on a late 2011 macbook pro with i7
> processor, 16gb of ram, OS on SSD. I was running VMware fusion with an
> xenserver VM and a Cloudstack Manager VM. It was tight for ram but did work
> and VMware fusion did pass the VT technology through to xenserver providing
> HVM capabilities.
>
> What is the budget like?
>
>
> Somewhere between 1000 - 1200 eur. I looked at renting with hetzner but it
> was coming out at being 500eur for setup costs and 300eur every month. I
> have found two second hand dell servers with an Intel Xeon 2.6Ghz (4 dual
> core processors with HT installed) and 32gb of ram(total of 83.2ghz and
> 64gb of ram) but storage for them is posing to be an issue. (noisy/loud,
> electricity cost, internet connection etc.)
>
> @Sebastien - That looks pretty interesting! Will take a better read of it
> tonight.
>
> On 19 July 2013 09:39, Sebastien Goasguen <runseb@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> On Jul 18, 2013, at 7:56 PM, Ian Duffy <ian@ianduffy.ie> wrote:
>>
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > I'm looking for peoples personal opinions.
>> >
>> > I'm thinking about undertaking a project for a 2 month college assignment
>> > sometime in the future to create an API wrapper and web front end with
>> the
>> > end goal of producing something like the rackspace or linode web-ui. I do
>> > realise 'basic cloud' is a solved problem, but I'm not seeing any *open
>> > source projects* that allow for user sign up, select a package offering,
>> > billing, ticketing etc. along with basic instance/vm management.
>> >
>>
>> It's kinda of nice, but I think you have proven that you can tackle a much
>> more challenging problem than this one.
>>
>> tackle this instead:
>>
>> https://github.com/Netflix/Cloud-Prize/wiki
>>
>>
>> > The cost of setting up a demo lab seems somewhat expensive.
>> >
>> > My idea was: 1 xenserver with 16gb+ ram make use of local storage, 1
>> > cloudstack manager/secondary storage 2gb+ of ram, finally something to
>> host
>> > the wrapper and web app.
>> >
>> > What hardware would you recommend for creating a budget, portable and
>> quiet
>> > demo lab?
>> > Do you think I would be better of renting? If so are their any companies
>> > you would suggestion?
>> >
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> > Thanks,
>> > Ian
>>
>>

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