So you are ready to start collecting rack servers? No? Why not?!
Well, again, I am just kidding of course, I am not expecting others to start a hobby like this, why would I, right? Besides the more people start doing this the harder my EBay bids go and who would like that? I just thought I write a few paragraphs about why people pick up a hobby like mine. No, it is not just about me, I watched many YouTube videos about home information centers and those people making the videos usually speak about their reasons. They usually describe what their excuse is to build a server room in the basement.
So the question is "why are you building an information center in your home?" and the right answer is of course:
And if you want me to elaborate on that...
Since when is it necessary for anyone to have a reason to start collecting things? People collect all kind of things, even unlicked little paper peaces that were once sticked on other paper pieces sent across the country with little written messages.
Right? Am I right or am I right?
But in all seriousness, I have a sane reason, of course I have. And others say the same thing too, so it worth something.
Just imagine this: 10-15 years ago I was already in the IT business, worked for a company (well, a university actually) and saw these servers around. They were very-very-very expensive, you could buy a house for a price of some of these babies. I could not even begin to fathom the thought that one day I can have them in my home. Even my employee could not afford most of them. And now I just go, buy them and I play with them. I am not speaking about these 1U servers of course, but the big ones, those that once were the flagship compute node solutions for big companies like Dell, IBM or the Sun Microsystems. I can buy them, fix them up, expand the memory, clean them and play with them.
Many times when we arrive to this part people ask me "yes, but what do you do with them?", sometimes even "are you mining those bitcoins?"... Nope, mining bitcoin with these processors would be a futile effort of course, the electricity costs three times what you get for the bitcoin. So what?
Many people say they are using the servers "for testing" and I do it too. Most of the server enthusiasts use the servers to learn more about software products made by others. They say they are "testing" but in fact they are actually learning about the software. They are not software testers, they are system administrators building complex systems in their home while they learn, practice, train themselves. Virtualization, render farms, database clusters, things like that.
I myself usually test the programs I am developing for a living. I use my racks to run tests on the code I (or the others in my development group) wrote. I could do my job without the servers, yes, but having some serious computing power actually helps. They are an extra tool in my toolkit to find software errors faster, to raise the quality, do automate things. So I guess yes, I am also using my servers to test things.
P.S.: I am not sure if you noticed, I invented the term "server enthusiast". I can't believe I just did that! :D There are only 4,250 mentions of this expression on Google, it is practically new. :D