I have introduced these machines to the production environment, they run great… I had to add a 10Gb SFP+ Ethernet card to the XServe, and now I can NetBoot all 160 machines at the same time.. It works so well that all of the machines are back up and running within 45 seconds…. That’s fast for a NetBoot.. Here are some final pics of the cabinet.
Time Goes By………..
Well, here we are, 2 years have passed and these 2 racks (yup there are 2 of them now) have been running non-stop at ~97% utilization. I have had 10 hosts fail, but these failures have all been related to SSD or RAM, and were quickly fixed. Last year, these racks endured an 40 mile move to our new datacenter and continue to run fine. Over the past year I did have to replace the front fans on the first rack, but the second rack is running without issue.
Stay Tuned for the next build. It should be very interesting!!