Well, I really need at least one home lab to test and demonstrate VMware vSphere, vSAN, NSX and other components of VMware SDDC stack.
The other reason is, that from time to time I have discussions with other VMware folks discussing our home lab configurations and some of these people have the blog post about their labs. I have never written the blog post about my home lab so far but I realized it is quite useful to document at least some basic information about the lab to quickly show lab details during these discussions and demonstrations. So, here it is.
At the moment, I have two home labs
- One in a garage - GARAGE LAB
- Second in a flat - APARTMENT LAB
- 4-node vSphere Cluster (4x ESXi on Dell PE R620) with hybrid vSAN Enabled (4x NVMe 512 GB as cache disks, 8x SATA 500 GB as capacity disks)
- Each node has 1 CPU Socket (Intel Xeon CPU E5-2620 @ 2.00GHz), 128 Gb RAM, 4x 1Gb Ethernet Port, 1x NVMe 512 GB, 2x SATA 500 GB
- Flash NAS (NFS) Storage - Synology DS115j , 1x SSD 840 Series 512 GB (465.76 GB SSD)
- Flash iSCSI Storage - Synology DS115j , 1x SanDisk Ultra II 960 GB (894.3 GB SSD)
- SATA NAS (NFS) Storage - Synology DS214se, 2x SATA Disk 3TB (2794.52 GB HDD)
- 4-node vSphere Cluster (4x ESXi on Intel NUC) with All-Flash vSAN Enabled (4x SATA M.2 SSD 180 GB as cache disks, 4x SATA SSD 480 GB as capacity disks)
- Each node is Intel NUC (6i3SYH) having 1 CPU Socket (Intel Core i3-6100U CPU @ 2.30GHz), 32 GB RAM, 1x 1Gb Ethernet Port, 1x SATA M.2 SSD 180 GB, 1x SATA SSD 480 GB