I am doing a little bit of pre-planning and info gathering for some upgrades and consolidation of my server setup. With this I am looking to replace my main storage server, VM server, try to reduce power usage and not completely drain my bank account.
My current setup is:
1x QNAP TS-1679u-rp in raid 6 with a hot spare. Most of the drives are 4tb with 2 8tb to replace failed drives. This is my primary storage server
1x Ryzen 2700x with 32gb ram, a few spinning rust and 3 NVME. This is one of my ESXI servers, which is “working” but is not the way I would like it due to lack of support for consumer hardware. I have most of my VMs on this machine it includes a Plex Media Server, Docker server, domain controller, backup server and download server.
1x Some old hp desktop with 24gb ram running ESXI for few VMs that are not critical to my network.
4x raspberrypi running various things.
Several Switches, access points and personal machines that will not be part of the change other than maybe adding in some 10g support.
My thoughts right now are to combined by Hypervisor and Storage server into one box possibly putting something like FreeNas or UNRAID on a VM and passing an HBA into the VM with a smaller number of high capacity drives match my current NAS while keeping my power lower. So with that being said maybe using a 16-24 core threadripper in maybe 12-24 bay chassis or there is the option of doing a smaller chassis and grabbing a DiskShelf but my guess is that will come at a higher power usage.
As a side note on why I am replacing the storage server. I am looking for something that is easy to expand the storage without having to replace every drive, cut down on the number of drives and the QNAP is 5+ years old and I am expecting to start having failures other than drives and most of it being proprietary parts. The QNAP will not be going away, it will just be used to store monthly backups.
I have watched most if not all of the builds Wendell has done for LevelOne and others which has me second guessing what I think is the right way forward for me. I do know that some of what I am asking is more software relate than hardware.
If you have any recommendations on some good rackmount chassis, HBAs, etc… what could accomplish this or even have a full on build with software recommendations it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance