I have finals this week, so I will update this post as I have more time. In the meantime, I am working to get vmware ESXi (free version of vmware Virtualization server hypervisor) onto a custom whitebox build to replace my aging Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 server that uses around 125 Watts while idle.
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 2.66Ghz LGA 775 95W TDP
- Corsair Builder CX430 430Watt Power Supply
- 4GB PC2-6400 667Mhz DDR2 Ram 1.5v
- ATI Radeon 4800 basic PCI-E graphics (no PCI-E power needed)
- Biostar Tpower I45 Motherboard (I45 Chipset)
- LSI SAS3041E-R SATA II 300Mbps RAID controller
- OS: Ubuntu Linux 10.04
- Storage: Oracle ZFS (via FUSE-ZFS) **
- RAID-Z with four drives (3x 2TB plus one 1TB drive)
As you can see, while idle the system is drawing 130 Watts constantly at a minimum. This becomes a problem since the server is online for 24×7 and thanks to EZ Kill-A-Watt it costs an estimated $30 a month to run the server. About $0.80 a day in electricity alone.
With today’s green technology, Sandy Bridge new processor steppings (Intel Speedstep) and green hard drives (replacing my old 1TB 7200 RPM drive with quieter, lower-power 2TB hitachi), I hope to reduce my idle power consumption at least 20%. Based on $30 a month total cost to run my old server, this means I would be saving $6+ a month on my electric bill with this new build.