Robust Server Hardware for Virtualisation in Remote Location
Posted on 2016-10-04
We have a number of remote locations with slow satellite links where we want to install an ESXi Server running Windows Read Only Domain Controller, a WSUS Server and an Antivirus Server.
The idea is to reduce the authentication and bulk update traffic from the HQ to these remote sites.
The locations have poor power and bad air-conditioning (if any), can be dusty, and is all-round just an awful environment for a Server.
We have been looking at various devices, such as an Intel NUC, to run as the ESXi server.
No moving parts, reasonably powerful CPU (i5), 16GB RAM and Solid State Drive (Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB) and low power requirements.
They are also small, so they fit in the small comms rack sized space that we have to put the device in.
However, we are getting an unreasonable rate of failure on the SSD's, 4 of 8 drives have failed in less than 12 months.
So we are looking for a potential alternative to the Intel NUCs as a robust server for ESXi.
This could be an entirely new type of device or perhaps better hard drive in the Intel NUC and recommendations Out of Band management etc.
If possible we would like:
2. Low power requirements
3. Small footprint
4. Out of Band Management (like an iLO or DRAC)
(not necessarily full remote control, but the ability to turn the device on or off remotely would be good)
5. Can handle heat and dust
Any thoughts or suggestions?