My lab is in a constant state of flux.   I am going to try and keep this page up to date with the tech I’m running.  My setup is spread across the local stuff running in the garage and “the cloud” a Mix of AWS and Cloudflare

Obviously with homelab’s everyone has different requirements and also opinions. My lab has grown organically over the last 10 years some kit has been purchased new. A lot has been bought off eBay or secondhand, and some has been donated. If I were starting from scratch it would look quite different I think. I suspect the replacement cost of what I’m running currently would be in the £15-20k mark

I have a number of requirements some of them are hard requirements and others I try and meet if possible.

  • Must be able to run vSphere (HCL preferred)
  • IPMI/Remote management preferred
  • Rack Mount Preferred
  • Ability to achieve a low power configuration for 24×7 Operations
  • Noise isn’t really a factor due to location
  • Heat Output isn’t a huge factor
  • GPU is a nice to have

Physical Hardware

All hardware lives in a StarTech 25U Openframe Server Rack

Compute

SuperMicro 2027TR with 4x nodes

Node 1&2

Component Description
Model Supermicro X9DRT
CPU 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670
RAM 192GB
NIC 3 Intel Ethernet Controller XXV710 for 25GbE SFP28
NIC 4 Intel Ethernet Controller XXV710 for 25GbE SFP28
Boot Volume 16GB USB

Nodes 1 and 2 are part of a vSphere Cluster running VMware vSphere 8.0.2

Nodes 3 has a Nvidia GPU

Node 3

To utilise the Mellanox NIC I have chosen to leave this node on ESXi 7

Component Description
Model Supermicro X9DRT
CPU 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670
RAM 192GB
NIC 0 Mellanox ConnectX-3 40Gb/s
GPU Nvidia GPU P4
Boot Volume 16GB USB

Node 4

Component Description
Model Supermicro X9DRT
CPU 2x Intel Xeon E5-2670
RAM 128GB
NIC 0 Mellanox ConnectX-3 40Gb/s Dedicated vMotion Adaptor (No longer supported with vSphere 8)
NIC 1 Intel I350 Gigabit Network Connection
NIC 2 Intel I350 Gigabit Network Connection
Boot Volume 16GB USB

Storage

All the critical services have been moved to my HP Z840 running Truenas Scale. The DS216+ is just for backup duties.

Hostname Model SSD Capacity (TB) HDD Capacity (TB)
Synology DS216+ 0 3
HP Z840 (Truenas Scale) 5.31+0.8 21+1.76
Total TB 6.11 25.76

Network

Physical Network

Model Description
Watchguard M200 Core Firewall
Mikrotik CRS504-4XQ-IN Core Fibre Switch
Mikrotik CSS610-8P-2S+IN POE Switch
Mikrotik CRS305-1G-4S+ Fibre to Ethernet Switch

Wireless Network

Ap Model Description
Ubiquiti Unifi AC-Pro Access Point
Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Pro  Access Point

WAN

Wan Providers Description
Zen FTTP (Via CityFibre) 900/900 with a /29 IPV4