At the outset, I wanted to house this server in a proper rackmount case, rack etc. However, iStarUSA was unable to fulfil my order given that they are refreshing their EX3M16 (well, EX) line. B&H USA ended up cancelling a good part of my orders as a result. While it was a set back in terms of time put in to planning components, matching 2U compatible PSUs with the enclosure, I’ve had to resort to taking a more DIY approach.
This build consists of an Intel Xeon E5-2620 v4, Asus X99-E WS/USB3.1 (SSI-CEB) mainboard, Crucial 32GB RDIMM ECC DDR4 RAM, Corsair AX860i PSU, and a Coolermaster Evo 212 cooler.
On the storage side, the first Raidz2 volume will be running 8x WD Red 4TB NAS drives for total accessible capacity of 68% usable space, ~19.9TB. I spent a good while planning the cost vs. usable space aspect via this handy calculator before deciding on 6 vs 8 drives for the volume. The WD Black drive pictured is for archival backups.
I plan to run the ZFS FreeNAS server along side my 2x Synology RAID setup (total 40TB of WD Red Pros), and may look to re-configure this down the road. I will start by moving critical data into ZFS first before making the FreeNAS the ‘canonical’ store. Will most likely run it in parallel for the first couple months before making any drastic decisions.