Hello L1 Forums,
This is my first post here, so if I miss something obvious please let me know!
End Goal: Have a lab/workstation with 128gb~ of ram for virtualization, labbing, and general workload stuff with some ML capabilities as well as handle a NAS of up to 50-100TB of storage. (zfs would be nice, I wanna learn more how it works)
Issue #1: Unable to find or source cheaper older lab gear at a reasonable rate that has the memory specs that I’m looking for. Most servers I see on ebay,amazon, etc only come with 8 or 16gb of ram out of the box and sourcing additional is super expensive still for some reason…
Issue #2: If I go the threadripper route, it seems ESX isn’t support as of this writing. Perhaps I would just make this a linux build to match the rest of my ecosystem at home but I’m not sure if the threadripper is cost effective for the end goal listed above.
Issue #3: If I go the workstation route, I would like the ability to have a ton of storage attached to the host to use as a NAS for my home network.
Option 1: Go the Lab route for cheaper equipment up front with the ability to use ESXi.
Option 2: Go the workstation route for a higher cost upfront, and sacrifice some of my ‘end goals’ like storage and memory.
Let me know what you guys think…