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Re: [Xen-users] entry-level XCP server using Intel desktop components

On Thu, 2012-02-09 at 22:25 -0800, David Christensen wrote:
> xen-users:
> I'm considering building an entry-level Xen Cloud Platform server using 
> Intel desktop components.
> Should I choose a processor and motherboard that support Intel VT-d 
> technology?  For example:
> http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced/?s=t&VTD=true&FamilyText=2nd%20Generation%20Intel%C2%AE%20Core%E2%84%A2%20i5%20Processors&Sockets=1155
> http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-030922.htm
> Specifically, the i5-2500S processor and DQ67SW motherboard?
> http://ark.intel.com/products/52211/Intel-Core-i5-2500S-Processor-%286M-Cache-2_70-GHz%29
> http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/desktop-board-dq67sw.html
> TIA,
> David

I'm in the midst of implementing an entry-level XCP system for virtual
desktop infrastructure for my organization.  I ended up purchasing a
Dell PowerEdge C5000 chassis with 8 x C5220 "sleds".  This is the Dell's
new "clould" chassis, code-named Viking, I believe.  Each of the 8 sleds
can support a single Intel Xeon E3 processor - I purchased the 1270
model, which runs at 3.4ish GHz.  Each sled will also take up to 32 GB
of RAM.  They have two on-board GigE connections, and can support either
4 x 2.5" HDs or 2 x 3.5" HDs, and an on-board SDHC card slot.  The C5000
chassis is 3 rack units.  Very nice chassis.  Unfortunately when you
purchase the chassis you have to purchase a minimum of 4 sleds, so you
really can't get it for less than $10K or so.  But, maybe it gives you
some help as to what hardware I'm using.  I was going for something more
dense and less expensive than the blades and/or 1U systems that we
usually purchase so that I can run relatively inexpensive virtual
desktops in my datacenter.  For me, this was just the ticket.


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