I found myself constantly wasting time in dealing with hardware and would like to do something about it. Personally I have a Macbook that does all the mail/IM/IRC/browsing/music/devel VM and what not. I store mission critical data on a Solaris box with ZFS. Most of the development /production work is run under Linux - either on bare metal or under Linux KVM.
It would be nice to have a box that does all of these at my desk or at home - have anything actually done that? My requirement is simply:
being able to run VMs for prototypes and software testing
provides a reliable storage to host all the data + random backup
doesn't cost an arm and a leg (i.e. whitebox)
I can see 2 options:-
a Linux box with RAID1 and KVM - I lose filesystem snapshots and all the solaris goodness
a Solaris box with ZFS and xVM server - I never managed to get it to work with commodity hardware - remember this is for a workstation/desktop.
So to my fellow SAs: what kind of setup do you have?
[Answering my own question 3 years after]
At home, I have:
- a HP microserver that runs KVM for all sort of stuff 24x7
- a custom box with a 3RU rackmount from Norco
- a macbook air for everything else.
At work, I use:
- a 27" iMac as desktop
- whatever server the company provided for heavy workload.
VMWare Fusion was installed on both the macbook and iMac but it's getting less use these days...