I'm really excited about the newest addition to my POWER server home lab:
Its a POWER6 p520 with PowerVM! So my home POWER server lab now consists of this one plus a couple other servers.
My first POWER server I ran at home was a POWER4 p630 I bought in 2009. Buying this server in 2009 was really a turning point in my AIX career. I love to tinker with things and experiment and having my own servers at home gives me ultimate flexibility to try whatever I want and to experiment. It is also great to have your own server when you are studying for certification tests.
Here are some tips if you are thinking about running a POWER server at home:
- Make sure you buy a server that will run on standard 120 volt household power. Most of the smaller POWER servers will, but make sure you double check on the specification sheet.
- Unless you have a reason to, don't leave your server powered on 24/7. These things take a ton of power. Consider buying a "Kill a Watt" device that will show you how much power they are using and how much this will cost you. Also see this old blog posting: How much electricity does it take to run an old POWER server at home Basically, my old POWER4 server would cost about $23.43 a month to leave powered on all the time at my local power rates.
- Make sure you don't exceed your outlet's amperage rating, especially if you are running more than 1 server. Again, the "Kill a Watt" device might help with this.
- If you buy a used server, make sure you know if it comes with a license for APV / PowerVM or not. Luckily, this is very easy to find out if you have the model and serial number. See this link: How to tell which PowerVM editions feature was ordered.
Who else out there is running a POWER server at home?