SPEhosting, on 11 May 2012 - 13:57, said:
Hi firstly let me work you through the basic stats of my 3 servers....
I have 1 dell power edge, with about 2gbs ram and 500gbs HDD (72gb raid 3.5)
I then have one hp proliant with 12gbs ram and 140gb HDD (72gb raid 2.5) with quad core intel xeon 2.4hz per core
lastly I have another hp with 18gbs of ram (with space for 22 more ram slots) 8 x 72gbs raid hdds (2.5) with 8 cores intel xeon at around 3.2ghz
Obviously all can be upgraded
I need ideas ... I dont know what to do with them I want something that will either make me easy money or just be useful and to be done from a home network (for now, untill proper testing and use)
ideas? I already have 3 servers placed in different countries around the globe so a web server for a BASIC website is not really needed
I assume they're at home, in your bedroom or something because you refer to your home network. And I'll assume they are attached to this home network, and your actual internet connection is poor. At least not useful for any mainstream hosting as you've not even mentioned it.
My suggestion is to check if any of the CPUs support VT. Use that as server sole server, pop a few virtual machines on it and play around with networking/fallover load balance and routing etc in a sandbox network.
Sell the other servers on ebay.
With the little information about the servers other then cpu clock speed and storage sizes we can't fully offer you any great ideas. We don't even know the extent of your current network, your router(s) any switches you use etc.
I used to run a server back when LTSP was a pain to setup and run, very fun to play around with and if you have some older machines, you could get away with completly slient terminals with the server in the shead.
For actual home use, I'd say those servers are a bit much. The power consumption is very high, and I assume they're scsi drives rather then sata making them quite old xeon cpus aswell.
Again, I'd sell up, buy into a low power micro/mini-itx and virtualize some servers.