For testing purposes it’s necessary to have a lab. Surely I could work with nested hypervisors, but I did this for a long time and often it’s slow and it has limited capabilities. Thanks to some fortunate circumstances I have come to some equipment. The vcloudnine lab consists of the following hardware and it’s housed in a scrollable and open 12 U rack from Sexton.

Management Cluster

  • 2x HP ProLiant DL360 G6
    • 2x Intel Xeon X5550 Quad-Core CPUs
    • 96 GB RAM
    • 4x 146 GB 2,5″ SAS (RAID 5)
    • HP NC382T NIC
    • HP StorageWorks FC2242SR FC-HBA

Lab Cluster

  • 2x HP ProLiant DL360 G7
    • 2x Intel Xeon X5650 Hex-Core CPUs
    • 96 GB RAM
    • 4x 146 GB 2,5″ SAS drives (RAID 5)
    • 2x 40 GB 2,5″ SATA SSD (RAID 0)
    • HP NC382T NIC
    • HP StorageWorks 82Q FC-HBA

Network Infrastructure

  • 1x HPE 1910-8G
  • 1x HPE 1920-24G
  • Juniper Netscreen 5GT Firewall

Lab Storage

  • Synology DS414slim (3x Crucial M550 480 GB SSDs as RAID 5, 1x Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB SATA as single disk)

Lab Design

This lab environment allows me to simulate a lot of scenarios. It’s a great achievement and it helps me to get better and better. But there are also its downsides: This lab has a low WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). To be honest: It goes towards 0… If you have questions regarding my lab, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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