Nutanix Community Edition! be warned: You are going to buy new lab gear!

As one of 20 NTC’s worldwide, I was selected to join the closed Nutanix CE alpha group to test the heck out of this new cool software: The “Nutanix Community Edition”. Nutanix CE is a 100% software solution enabling technology enthusiasts to easily evaluate the latest hyper convergence technology at zero cost. Nutanix Community Edition … Read more Nutanix Community Edition! be warned: You are going to buy new lab gear!

Building my Nexenta VM using (NFS) best practices

I am currently using Nexentastor for my home lab. In my previous post I’ve explained how I build my low power 64Gb home lab. I’ve installed Nexentastor Community Edition on my virtual machine with the following specs: 2vCPU 8GB RAM 16Gb system disk on local SSD use VMXNET3 network adapter for better performance. I attached … Read more Building my Nexenta VM using (NFS) best practices

How to build a 64Gb Low Power and Fast ESXi Home Lab

Recently I decided it was time to move my current  home lab environment to some green low power hardware. After some research I’ve  stumbled upon a nice low power and small unit the Intel NUC. Not only is this system good enough for my new ESXi home lab; 16gb RAM, 2x Intel I3 Cores, 1x 1GB … Read more How to build a 64Gb Low Power and Fast ESXi Home Lab

Building superfast whitebox storage with Nexenta CE

I spent some time this weekend upgrading my home lab. I needed to improve my shared storage and hoped that I could reuse old h/w instead of buying something new and expensive. I’ve been using an QNAP TS-459 Pro II Turbo NAS for the last couple of year. It’s iSCSI performance is acceptable for 1-5 VM’s but when I needed to build a complete View environment or vCloud Director lab I usually reverted to local storage which rather defeated the purpose.

I started to look around for storage solutions that could give me loads of IOps with 4+ SATA disks and three SSD’s with options like auto-tiering and VAAI to get the IOps I wanted and 2Tb+ of usable storage. In my professional work I work daily with these kind of enterprise storage boxes and nowadays it is all about software. Would it be possible to build something like that myself?

I’ve send some tweets around to storage people all around the globe and everybody answered “try #Nexenta It has Cache and VAAI”. Now this gets interesting!

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