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Re: Advice on hardware server to use for small a dedicated data center

On 6/27/20 1:04 PM, Miles Fidelman wrote:
I've had good luck with Supermicro 1U servers - run two or more of them and it's easy to turn them into a high-available cluster. https://www.rackmountsetc.com/ has been pretty good to me when it comes to configuring & assembling Supermicro components (and suggesting specific configurations).  You might also look into Ganeti as a cluster management package (open source, originated at google for internal use).  Same horsepower & quality as a Dell or HP server, at a considerably lower price.

I've been running Debian this way, in a data center, for at least a decade. (Note:  I'm seriously considering migrating from Debian for our next refresh - I really don't like systemd - might go all the way to BSD or an OpenSolaris distro.)

One other alternative:   A lot of people seem to swear by Mac Minis as servers.  They're already BSD under the hood, and I've run all kinds of Linux distros on Macs, under virtualization.  You should be able to run Debian directly, though I've never tried it.

Miles Fidelman

On 6/26/2020 1:34 PM, echo test wrote:

First of all, please don't ask me why I simply don't want to use aws or gcp.

Then, I want to build a small data center for my company for hosting a web app and a mail server. It's the first time I'm going to buy some hardware for this. I tried looking for it on the web in order to compare them but it seems that hardware vendors never want to talk about Debian on their websites.

Seriously, I prefer using my money for donating to the Debian foundation than having to pay for Ubuntu or Red Hat Enterprise because I love Debian and ...

So, I want to know if It's a good idea to try using Debian in an enterprise context, with hardwares like Dell EMC PowerEdge or Lenovo ThinkCenter which seems to never mention that they support Debian. What kind of issues can I encounter with such hardwares except simple cases like having to install missing drivers with some already available firmwares.

Can you give me some alternative hardwares in case this idea may take me to much time to solve ?

Note: I will need some RAID solution hard or soft.

Sorry if my English is bad, it's not my mother language

Thank you.

To Miles Fidelman:
Devuan Linux is Debian with all traces of systemd removed.
Best regards,

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