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Is there a plug and play home server I can buy which I can just plug new nodes into, something like a blade server, but maybe cheaper and for home use?

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Why not using Virtual machines ? You can play with cluster (mscs) inside virtual machines. Easy with Windows server 2003. For Windows Server 2008, you will probably need an iscsi target. Windows Storage Edition can do that, or use free starwind iscsi software. –  Mathieu Chateau Feb 4 '10 at 8:54
    
Yes, I currently do this with my mac and have about 8 VMs in it, but I realise that I can't really go far beyond this as performance is starting to suffer. –  Zubair Feb 4 '10 at 11:54

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I think that clustering and home use are pretty much incompatible.

The closest you are going to get to such a setup is virtualization. I highly recommend XenServer which will allow you to create virtual machines for free with a lot of management tools.

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Why are they "incompatible"? –  Zubair Feb 5 '10 at 9:29
    
easily scalable hardware is synonym to expensive. Scalable software is muuuuuch cheaper by many orders of magnitude. –  Antoine Benkemoun Feb 5 '10 at 21:59
    
When you say expensive, how much should I expect to pay? –  Zubair Feb 6 '10 at 10:10
    
also, how is Xen performance compared to native performance? –  Zubair Feb 6 '10 at 10:11
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A single blade server is about 3k$ and you haven't bought the enclosure (I don't have an idea on the price for this) nor the specific network switch (3k$) nor the specific PSUs (no idea either). Most companies stay with rack servers instead of blades for a reason. –  Antoine Benkemoun Feb 6 '10 at 10:34

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