More another thread on spl that is for the posters own purpose... But maybe others are interested in what i'm doing.
MicroSAN - Storage for the people.
1 x HP N36L Microserver ($450-500)
2 x 4GB DDR3 ($100)
4 x 2TB Seagate "Green" drives ($100ea) (already own one)
1 x ~50GB PCI-E SSD (L2ARC) ($150ish?)
1 x eSATA enclosure w/ 2.5" disk (boot drive) ($50ish? + drive)
1 x Intel Pro/1000 CT Gigabit NIC (pci-e 1x) ($50ish)
Total costing: $1250 max
Result: 8-10TB fast(ish) storage
Operating system... Unsure of at this stage, but definitely siding towards running a variant of Solaris, and then virtualising other operating systems on top of that(is virtuabox still the preferred software for doing VMs on Sol? If i end up going with Windows 2K8 R2 as the OS, i'd run Hyper-V instead)
At the moment it's little more than a NAS project really... but throw in some iscsi as storage systems for remote VMs etc, it starts getting a bit more interesting - moreso with the additional gigabit ethernet adapter... 2Gb of trunked throughput, which should also help with multi-user access.
Another option to increase performance and storage space, is a 4 x 2.5" in-5.25" bay... which would add another 4 (granted, slower, lower capacity) disks... realistically probably 750GB or 1T disks.. These could be used exclusively for VMs..
Have to work out a way to easily control/manipulate drive spindown times - haven't even investigated what options i've got for that yet - but the lower power this system is the better, in the end.
Additionally, lower power = lower heat = lower noise = loungeroom friendly.
Some kind of WebGUI for basic information or even management of storage and server functions would be nice... Also make the system a little more 'client friendly', should it ever go into production for 'real world' server/SAN use(obviously with faster/higher performing disks than 5900RPM 'green' disks!).
Something like an 8 port SAS card sitting in that 16x PCI-e slot would be nice, with 4 3.5" 15k RPM disks and 4 x 15k RPM 2.5" SAS disks would be nice.... Whether the little dual core CPU would be able to handle that level of storage with dedupe/etc is a whole different story, however! Let alone that 200w power supply.... Hmm.. It'd be pushing it!
That's all for now.