as written elsewhere, my home server is way overdue for a remodel. For a change, I was thinking of going Ubuntu (instead of Opensuse) and I am planning to stuff various services in vboxes for easier maintenance.
Currently, I'm running this services:
- Perimeter firewall - that is already in a VM with a dedicated NIC and works fine there
- Storage - NFS and SMB (for DLNA)
- Postfix / Cyrus
- Webserver with currently 7 virtual hosts
- Rendering - I run a weather website at saakeskus.fi and every 6 hours, the server pulls about half a gig of raw data, renders some 6500 charts and uploads them to my webhoster
- Asterisk PBX (all network, no PCI cards)
- DLNA server (Mediatomb)
- Home automation, control and security - a whole collection of stuff knitted together with scripts
- And a whole bunch of small stuff, like monitoring and so on
The current box is an AMD Phenom 8650 with 6GB RAM. A year ago, my RAID failed - both disks burned out within days from each other... So I had to invest quite a bit of money for the Seagate Recovery service. NOT NICE! At the moment, I'm running on the USB disk they sent me with my rescued data.
Anyways, one of the major issues I have, besides that server just being old and becoming unreliable, is power consumption. The 8650 has 95W TDP on the paper but the whole system almost suck me dry. I have over 500kWh per months and one of the criteria for the new server definitely is "POWER SAVE"! The other thing is that it's a HOME server, so I can't have a screaming DELL/HP/IBM/whatever pizzabox which produces more dB than a Hornet on afterburner.
I'm totally no hardware guy, so I'd be grateful for some ideas on where to start with building the new machine.
Edit: Forgot - of course, mysql also runs on that machine with several dbs.