Woe to you, o'er Earth and Sea
"For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
Its number is six hundred and sixty six"
Well, no, it is not 666, it is X3850 X5, the ancients misunderstood something, made a mistake, I am sure of it. For I saw it, I saw the beast, and I love it. And yes, the beast has a human number, it just has X in it for fun, that's all...
As I mentioned yesterday, late afternoon the new server arrived from Germany. I hoped it will be here before the weekend and it is here as expected... oh, by the way the quote from the top of the article sounds like something from the Bible and it is, but I took it from the Iron Mained album called "The number of the beast". It is a great album, if you don't know it you should go and legally listen to it now. Everything else can wait...
So the delivery guy was very kind, he helped me to carry the box inside which was a life saver because this thing is heavy. It is 44Kg and change. As you can see on the photos it came out of its packaging with a C-section (also known as a Cesarean delivery). Even with a C-section it was not an easy delivery. I even left the bottom of the box on the table. Party to protect the woodwork, but mostly because I can't lift this alone. This beast has metal in it and plenty of it. Look:
I opened up the top and checked the inside, it is beautiful. It is really clean, it is very well preserved and it is a piece of art. Well, it is not a household item, it is an industrial equipment like all rack servers, but it is still be best looking server ever I had. Everything is thick metal, every part looks to be engineered and not designed and I like that. I like that a lot.
And look at the processors, here! I never saw so star-warsy heatsinks before:
The server has two huge power supplies, with big fans. Thanks for the bug 4u size it can hold big fans and so it is surprisingly silent. A few years ago when I was still naive and inexperiencedI bough a 1U server expecting it to be silent. I didn't know the smaller the server the bigger noise it makes. I swear it is like dogs.
I hoped this big box will not be too loud and it is not, it is even better than I thought. It is silent.
I also am very satisfied with the memory expansion modules. There are four of those delivered, each can hold 8 modules and one expansion card arrived fully populated with 8x4Gbyte modules. It is possible to install 8 expansion cards, so this server can hold 8x8=64 memory modules. That's a lot and if you have a pile of old, too-small-to-be-used memory modules you can appreciate a server with a huge set of empty slots.
Unfortunately my drawer is full with other types of memory modules, but it is ok, I can buy some later. Here is what I will have to look for:
Unfortunately the caddies did not arrive yet, but I was lucky enough so it it possible to insert two disks without caddies. It sure looks strange, those disks are held in place by my sheer will, but hey, it is working, right?
In fact I am so satisfied with this server I decided I will buy some SSD drives for it. This is not a storage server, it is more like a compute node, but I use my servers in a mixed environment. Compute node? Right, OK, but it needs to stand on its own, it needs to work without any external storage. I bet others do this too, so that's why this house can support 8 hot swap 2.5" SAS drives. With an other backplane you cam buy on EBay 16 SSD devices. I think I will use this backplane, the caddies made for spinner disks, but I will try my luck with a number of SSD drives. 8 slots are more than enough, I just don't want to buy those expensive server SSD drives. The new Kingston 120-240GByte SSD drives are relatively cheap nowadays. Less noise, less power, more speed...
Because, you know, it is not just the low noise, it is also the power requirement. I did not do any serious measurements yet, just watched my built-in meters and I found that without load this server consumes around 1.7A and with load it went up to around 3.7A (230V in my country). That's not much, not much at all. I need to measure it properly, but I think maybe I should run this server continuously. Maybe... that would be great, we could live together in peace and harmony... wouldn't that be great?