The mighty Zeus sits aloft his stronghold as he wields:
Supermicro MBD-X8DTL-iF-O with an IPMI for out of band management
2x Intel Xeon E5620s @ 2.40Ghz for 16 logical CPUs
8GB of ECC RAM @ 1066Mhz (soon to be upgraded to 16GB)
4x 1TB Western Digital Black SATA HDDs in RAID1+0 in hot swappable trays
(Soon to add an AMD or Nvidia GPU)
6 external 1TB HDDs in RAID1+span for a total volume of 3TB
He is armored in a 3U Supermicro CSE-833T-650B which has 6 hot swappable cooling fans and a 650W PSU.
Zeus runs Fedora 13's KVM (waiting for CentOS 6) system to control a myraid of VM's that run services ranging from DNS to DHCP to Apache to Various versions of Windows. It's mostly purely for experimentation, I'm building a virtual Beowolf cluster, and I plan to do some WPA/2 security testing once I decide on a GPU. I also run some useful services such as rtorrent, a print server, and backup server for my room mates and myself. The external HDDs are for storing media and backups, and the system I have them set up in allows me to expand the volume indefinitely as well as redundancy.
Below Zeus I have a Cisco 2960s 24 port Gigabit switch, named nn-s1 after a standard naming convention for networking devices. All ports are 15.4 Watt PoE, but I only use one right now to power a Cisco Aironet 1130ag access point. Zeus connects via two separate 1Gbps links that are bonded through an LACP Etherchannel for a total throughput of 2Gbps. The rainbow of Ethernet cables was merely for show when I took the picture, but now it's about half full with various IP devices I have.
On the next level I've got Helios, a Lenovo nettop, running Nagios and Cacti to watch over my various servers's statuses. I can do some experimentation in network reliability and netflow monitoring so I used a seperate PC instead of a VM on Zeus because I wanted to account for events when Zeus would be off. Next to Helios is nn-g1, my Cisco ASA 5505 firewall router. It's got IPsec, SSL, and HTTPS VPNs so I can access anything at home from anywhere in the world that has internet. I also do some QoS to ensure my website and XBox live aren't ever effected by HTTP or BitTorrent downloads. Nn-g1 also does VLAN seperation to keep my administrative network seperate from my roommates' resident network and the guest network.
Finally I've got an APC 1500VA UPS to protect my rack from power surges and data from power failures. It connects to Zeus via USB, which apcupsd uses to decide when it needs to shut down the server. Helios also uses apcupsd to connect remotely to Zeus's instance to share UPS status data.
The fan behind the cabinet rack blows the exhaust out a dog door to the outside. There's a weather resistant cover to prevent rain or snow from getting inside. That, coupled with the fans of every device in the cabinet, is audible anywhere within a 20ft radius, even through the metal door to the closet.
-ACiD GRiMEdited by ACiD GRiM - 10/5/10 at 1:51pm