Anyone running small VMware cluster on a Supermicro SBB ?
Any reason why not to? The CPUs are only Xeon 5600 series rather than E5 but that's no biggie since as a one-box-wonder it would only have 12 disks so 2000 IOPS tops (planned for 1000). There's no option for boot disks but that's an advantage since it keeps the costs down and we can use USB sticks with ESXi on them.
The backplane is a single point of failure of course but I suspect it's passive as far as the data paths goes and only has active failure prone parts to light the LEDs etc. as is the case of many redundant controller SAN boxes.
Can't assign 123 points since it looks like it would be as easy as 123 so giving 135 instead (just miss out the even numbers in the setup guide).