I need to budget for new servers and want to move everything from real hardware to an XCP-NG system, budget is of course an issue. But the question is would you go with a single CPU or dual CPU system? This is for my production system at work so a fair bit more money than my out of pocket lab.
I’m seeing enough core count in Intel Silver or Gold processors that I could go with a single CPU. Ram on the other hand is not exactly what I’m looking for, but maybe I can make up some ground on the price.
What I want is around 24 cores (48 threads) and 128GB or more. With over provisioning I could probably get by with 10 to 12 cores and 96GB.
The goal is to have 3 of these servers and run in HA, local storage is not something I’m looking at unless XO Store matures quickly, I’ll have at least 4 drive bays in any chassis I buy.
Looking at Supermicro because they have worked well for me for the last 18 years, may look at Dell too.
I’m also trying to decide on 1u or 2u servers, 2u is much easier to work inside and may run cooler. Probably will run the OS drives as RAID1 and a 2u chassis would give me at least 6 more drives for storage if I want/need to have local storage.
Any help on this choice would be appreciated.