While working on a FreeBSD grid system many years ago we came across the following that we used as a model for our own designs:
Mr. Gardner built a beautiful machine from the ground up.
The project we were working on at the time was scrapped due to a number of external factors.
However, the knowledge we gained in trying to create a grid based on FreeBSD helped to gain a grasp on how we were to go about building a Hyper-V cluster a number of years back when documentation was sadly lacking.
And that brings us to the point of this blog post:
Intel’s new Intel Server Board S1200KP in Mini-ITX form factor.
And, while searching for a quality image of the board we hit this gem:
That is a really neat looking box and fits right in with some of the directions we were looking at. One catch though is that the box is made in the Ukraine! :(
It looks as though they really ran the gamut as far as the setup for a Mini-ITX based solution. Management and redundancy is built right in. Kewl!
In the end we may look at a low power cluster configuration for folks wanting some redundancy at an ultra-low entry price point. How that materializes is yet to be seen.
Born to tinker. ;)
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book