Our Data Center


Well I have been meaning to setup a web page that details our home data center.
It all started when my fiance moved in.
In the past I kept my servers on a nice easily accessible shelves.
This made it easy to work on things but it was NOT girl friend approved!

I started by building my own rack setup (see that project here!).
I wanted it to blend in (a bit).
It was my first build like this and it came out ok but I did not plan on heat. :)
Worse than the heat was the noise.
It turns out that 1U servers take less space but to move all the air they need for cooling in a 1U format causes the fans to sound like small jet engines.
Not something that can live in the livingroom.

No problem, my work (AJA International) had a rack they did not need anymore so into the basemnet the new rack goes.


Below is a map of the network ( I left out the work stations, media devices, game systems and wirless connections ect..).
This configuration has a 10 Gb fiber SAN as well as a 1 Gb ethernet network.
The connection to the Internet is provied by fiber and is currently configured for 80 Mbs Up and Down.





Here is a picture of the rack I built, now located in a room off of the living room.


Here is a close up of the upstairs room rack.

The TP-Link router is at the top (see the blue arrow) with the Quanta switch (see the green arrow) below it.

I highlighted the 10 Gbps fiber link to the Poweredge-1950 in the basement rack with a green circle.

I have since installed a 10 Gbps card in the NAS (also in the basement rack) as well so both the Poweredge and my NAS Linux server are connected by 10 Gbps fiber.


A home built Linux server (see the red arrow) used as a web and application server.

The unit on the bottm (see yellow arrow) is the main BBS server, also home built.

If you would like to check out the BBS Click here!

The main BBS server is running on new hardware under DOS6.22 (I know right).

I pulled out the noisy servers and relocated them to the rack in the basement.
Here is a view of the rack located in the basemnet.

It is still a bit of a mess as I am still setting things up.

You can see at the top of the rack a fan unit. There are two more of these units in the rack.

Below the fan unit is a ZyXEL Gigabit Switch (see the green arrow).
There is a 1 Gb ehternet connection between this switch and the main switch located upstairs.

Under that is a Compaq DL-320 server (see the light blue arrow).

This server will become the main BBS server with the current BBS server switched over to a DMA server (and moved from upstairs to down here).

This lets me off load some of the modules to the DMA server freening up resorces on the main BBS server (it is running under DOS after all).

A StarTech eSATA 8-Bay Hot-Swap 2.5/3.5-Inch SATA III Hard Drive Enclosure with UASP (S358BU33ERM) is sitting on a shelf behind a screen (see the yellow arrow) along with two UPS's for the NAS and PowerEdge server.
The unit currently has 1 3Tb drive installed and is connected to the NAS server (see the dark blue arrow).

A rackmount Monitor and Keyboard (with touchpad) is mounted below the shelf for the ESata unit (see violet arrow).
Click here to see the monitor pulled out from the rack.

An 8 port KVM switch is mounted below the Monitor and Keyboard (see the red arrow).

As we move down the rack we come to NAS server (see the dark blue arrow).
This unit was built from a Supermicro SC933T enclosure with 15 hot swappable SAS/SATA drive bays and three hot swappable Power supplies.
I replaced the mother board that had dual AMD single core CPUs with a new mother board that has an AMD quad core CPU and 32 Gb of ram.
An LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260CV-8i controller is connected to the first 8 drive bays and the next 6 drive bays are connected to the SATA connections on the mother baord.

Click here to view the current raid configuration.

There is a 2 drive raid 1 (2 - 1 Tb drives) aray for the OS and a 4 drive raid 60 (4 - 6 Tb drives) aray running off of the LSI controller.
A 4 drive logical volume running of the mother board is used for backup.
A 10 Gb fiber card is installed in the NAS to connect it to the SAN network.

Click here to see the NAS build.

The Dell Poweredge-1950 is used as my primary media server (running Linux).
It has 2 duel core Xeon proccessors and 32gb of ram and 2 2TB SAS drives (raid-1).
I have installed an ESATA and 10gb lan (fiber) cards in the unit.

The space below the Poweredge-1950 server is used for some more UPS's as well.



More to come!

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