Red Hat Cloud Suite In A Box

Today I finally finished my Ikea Helmer rack project. The goal of the project was to have enough resources to build a full Red Hat Cloud Suite lab. I am in IT now since 1996 and learned  that the only way to stay on top of the game is by playing with the technology. I have to say it took quite a lot of dremeling to cut the Ikea Helmer rack into shape so that I could fit motherboards, fans, disks and power supplies etc. The cool thing about the Helmer rack is that it fits a mini itx mother board perfectly and if you add switches on the bottom you have a self contained rack. With two fans blowing air in and one fan blowing air out you also achieve a good air flow.

Here is a list of the components used in my lab:
2 x APC Smart UPS 1500W
9 x Antec Earthwatts 380
27 x Gelid FN-PX08-20 silent 8 PWN 80mm
3 x SuperMicro X10SDV-6C+-TLN4F-O for Red Hat Virtualization Hyper-converged with 64 GB RAM which will host
Satellite 6, Ansible Tower, CloudForms and OpenShift
6 x SuperMicro X10SDV-4C-TLN4F-O for Red Hat OpenStack (3 controller 2 compute 1 ceph) or (3 controller 3 Compute hyper converged)
1 x Asustor 608t (NFS and ISCSI storage)
4 x Juniper ex2200-c (fanless) (virtual chassis)
1 x Netgear XS708E-200nes
15 x SSD in different sizes
1 x Raspberry PI as a DNS and pxe server for the main deployment

In the next few weeks I will start building out the RHCS components and write blog posts on how to deploy the different products via Red Hat Management Suite automatically.

7 thoughts on “Red Hat Cloud Suite In A Box

    • Yes, I also bought the design from them but then realized that one drawer will cost you about 90-100 bucks. So just for the case itself, you would spend about 500-600 bucks. So I decided to go without it.

      But yes agreed it would look much nicer 🙂

  • Hey im very excited to see this!! fantastic job
    I have just sourced the Helmer and the SuperMicro X10SDV-8C’s
    before i power up the dremel i am very curious to know what kind of temperatures you are hitting on the cpu and motherboard sensors. also seeing as the cpu heatsinks have the passive cooler

    Thanks a lot! any other input to someone doing the same would be appreciated. I am deploying this in production for our small business

    • CPU Temp Normal 45 degrees C
      System Temp Normal 37 degrees C
      Peripheral Temp Normal 43 degrees C
      MB_10G Temp Normal 49 degrees C
      DIMMA1 Temp Normal 40 degrees C
      DIMMA2 Temp Normal 40 degrees C
      DIMMB1 Temp Normal 40 degrees C
      DIMMB2 Temp Normal 40 degrees C
      FAN1 Normal 800 R.P.M
      FAN2 Normal 2700 R.P.M
      FAN3 Normal 2700 R.P.M

      sometimes it gets up to 49 degrees C.

      Instead of using a Dremel for the round holes (fans) use an 80mm hole saw!

  • Cool thanks a lot, that seems about right mine is also at 45
    and thats all of the nodes on? (ie providing heat from below and above the node you just monitored)

    • Yes, also keep in mind that I have 3x 80mm fans for every drawer. That’s 12 to 15 fans a helmer as I am using the bottom drawer for the switches.

      So you’re pushing more than enough air.

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