vLab Beast

Virtualisation of common workloads is the norm, and virtualised networks will soon be too.  Back in 2009 I took my CCIE R&S and at the time, I had the full resources of being a Cisco employee supporting me.  Now however, I find myself more of a lone-wolf and in order to keep up with the new trends of virtualised infrastructure and software-defined/developed-everything I’ve decided to invest in a small virtual lab box.

Now – being that I live in a flat with no dedicated study/office space and a partner who (quite rightly) enjoys having an aesthetically-pleasing home, I’ve come up with a box which I can hide in a cupboard and it’s relatively low-powered and almost silent..

  • Supermicro X10SDV-TLN4F 
  • onboard – Intel Xeon D-1540/1541 SoC (System on Chip) – 8c + HT
  • onboard – Dual 1GE, and Dual 10GE Base-T LAN
  • onboard – Dedicated IPMI interface
  • 64GB DDR4 RDIMM (16GB x 4)
  • 256GB M.2 PCI-e 3.0 x4 SSD (Samsung SM951)
  • Two 1TB Seagate Barracude (ST1000DM00) slow disks
  • 16GB USB stick (to boot from)
  • All wrapped up in a Cool Master Elite 120 Advanced

All the kit is on order and hopefully I’ll have some updates as to the build and performance as the weeks go by.