[Mageia-sysadm] New hardware for mageia servers

Thomas Backlund tmb at mageia.org
Mon Oct 3 21:00:21 CEST 2011

nicolas vigier skrev 3.10.2011 17:11:
> On Mon, 03 Oct 2011, Damien Lallement wrote:
>> Le 01/10/2011 19:24, nicolas vigier a écrit :
>>> Hello,
>>> Here is a summary of all hardware that we should buy for next trip to
>>> Marseille datacenter.
>>> [...]
>>> - new disk to replace failing disks on ecosse and on valstar, and 2 new
>>>     disks for build nodes (raid1 for system fs, raid0 for build filesystem
>>>     for improved performances), and a disk for the ARM board :
>>>     2TB (valstar) + 1TB * 4 =>   169.99 + 4 * 84.99 = 509.95 euros
>>>     http://www.materiel.net/disque-dur-3-5-pouces/western-digital-re4-s-ata-2-to-64-mo-52965.html
>>>     http://www.materiel.net/disque-dur-3-5-pouces/western-digital-re4-s-ata-1-to-64-mo-62975.html
>>>     WD RE4 drives are more expensive than Caviar Black, but seems to be
>>>     better if we want less disk failures.
>> Remember that WD Caviar Black are guaranteed for 5 years. I will send them
>> back to WD. So we will have new Caviar Black for spare.
> Yes.
>>> - backup server : we need a server with a lot of disk space, to save
>>>     data from other servers. Fast CPU or a lot of ram is not needed on
>>>     this server.
>>>     dams suggested buying this server :
>>>     http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=sv4r415&c=fr&l=fr&s=bsd&cs=frbsdt1&model_id=poweredge-r415
>>>     899 euros
>>>     adding :
>>>       * Redundant power supply (132 euros)
>>>       * 4 * 1TB disks (4 * 332 euros)
>>>     Total: 2 261 euros
>>>     So total is quite expensive. An other solution could be to buy a cheap
>>>     computer that one of us keep at home/office, doing remote backups. Or
>>>     maybe we can find someone to donate a server, so that we only need to
>>>     buy disks for the server. Maybe we can ask for hardware donations for
>>>     this server on mageia-dev and/or blog ?
>> Not expensive for my POV as is a new brand machine: if it fails in the
>> first years, no need to buy spare and go to Marseille! Renting a server for
> But can they replace the server in Marseille without us going there ? It
> seems difficult.
> If we buy an old server at 200 euros, even if we need to replace it 3
> times, it would still be cheaper than 2000 euros.

True, but lets not go out of our way to replicate the failing mdv BS.

>> the same time than the guarantee will cost the same (or even better as GB
>> are really expensive when renting) thing for a single "rent".
>>> - server for packagers, to host VMs used to test package builds. This
>>>     needs to be a fast server, with a lot of RAM. Should we buy an
>>>     expensive server for this now ? Or wait until we have more money, or
>>>     someone donate a server for this ? Or rent a server at 60 euros /
>>>     month on online.net ?
>> A guy from the community offer to rent
>> http://www.online.net/serveur-dedie/offre-dedibox-classic.xhtml
>> Can it suit packagers need (local build machine)?
>> If not enough for packagers build test machine, we know that we will have
>> this "dedibox" available for something else!
>> If no need, we will put the 35€ per month on a other expense.

Does dedibox support Mageia on their servers ?

> We need a server for packagers. But preferably something fast as multiple
> people will be building packages at the same time. So the server at 60
> euros per month would be better. Or we can buy a dell server with
> 12 cores, 32GB for 2200 euros :
> http://www.hupstream.com/~boklm/mageia/server-packagers.pdf

I only see one 250GB sata disk on that configuration.
It would need more disk space than that, and raid1/0 or raid10


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