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”

    1. 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 🙂

  1. 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

    1. 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!

  2. 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)

    1. 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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