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2023 - I think this is a home datacenter...

New year, new "homelab" - more upgrades.

Reorganize the rack, and added a lot more "new to me" servers.


From top to bottom:

  • Unifi Protect NVR
    • 4x4TB RAID 5
  • Netgear Multi-Gig Switch - Workstation Network
  • 1U 24 Port Patch Panel
  • 1U 24 Port Patch Panel
  • Brocade ICX 6610
    • 48 Gigabit RJ45 Ports, 8x 10G SFP+ Ports, 8x 10G SFP+ Port via 2 rear QSFP+ Breakout port, 2x 40Gbe QSFP+ rear ports
    • I ran out of 10G ports as the servers increase
    • Going 40G for the storage servers, because why not
  • 1U pfSense Server
    • Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN2F
      • Built-in Dual 10G Intel NIC
      • Xeon-D 1520 Low Power CPU
    • 16GB DDR4 ECC RAM
    • Intel i350-T4 Quad Gigabit PCIe NIC
    • 2x120GB SSD for mirrored Boot drive
  • 2U Jank Server Case
    • Heavily modded 2U server case to fit
      • 4x Lenovo M720q Tiny PCs
      • 1x Raspberry Pi 4
      • 4x brick style Lenovo PSU
      • 4-port HDMI KVM Switcher
      • A lot of 80mm fans
  • 2U ESXI 7.0 Server
    • AsRock x470D4U AM4 Motherboard
    • Ryzen 7 3800X
      • 8 Cores 16 Threads
    • 128GB (4x32GB) DDR4 RAM
    • 2x Nvidia Quadro P400 GPU
    • Supermicro Dual 10G SFP+NIC
  • 3U TrueNAS server
    • AsRock D1541D4U-2T8R Motherboard
      • Xeon-D 1541 (8 Cores 16 Threads)
    • 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4 ECC RAM
    • 4x12TB HDD in RAID 10
      • Spinning Rust Storage
    • 2x 1.6TB SAS SSD in RAID 1
      • ESXI NFS Datastore
    • 2x 1.6TB SAS SSD in RAID 1
      • XCP-NG NFS Datastore
    • 4x 1TB HDD in RAID 5
      • Brother's Backup Share
  • 2U TrueNAS Server
    • Brother's TrueNAS server
    • Supermicro X10SLM+-F
    • Intel Xeon E3-1220 (4 Cores 4 Threads)
    • 24GB DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 4U Server
    • Brother's ESXI compute server
    • AsRock x470D4U AM4 Motherboard
    • Ryzen 7 3800X
      • 8 Cores 16 Threads
    • 128GB (4x32GB) DDR4 RAM
  • 3x UPS
Lenovo M720q/M920q Tiny PCs

The Lenovo M720q or M920q Tiny units are one of the few mini PCs on the market that can support a PCI-E slot in it, making it a small, powerful option for pfSense.

Each unit is fitted with i5-8500 (6 Core 6 Threads) and 64GB (2x32GB) RAM, for a total of 24 Cores and 256GB RAM across four nodes. They also contain a dual port 10Gbe SFP+ NIC, a M.2 A+E key Intel i210 NIC, SATA SSD, and NVMe SSD. This gives me two gigabit NICs to use for management port and DMZ port, and two 10Gbe NICs for storage and VM network.

I drilled some holes on the top of the casing to allow for more cooling for the NICs.





They take up very little space when stacked.



They take up less than 2U space when stacked, which gave me the idea of cramming it in one of the unused 2U case I have.



There's enough room to fit 4 nodes and 4 brick PSUs, 4-port HDMI KVM Switch, and even an Raspberry Pi 4.


Custom 3D printed Keystone plate to connect all the rear I/Os.


80mm fans from the front to provide airflow throughout the case.