i3Detroit has been the fortunate recipient over its existence of several generations of donated enterprise-grade hardware, and has been running a pretty decent network.
The network computers serve several purposes:
- Running our phones with a VM of Asterisk PBX
- Managing space infrastructure, like the power meter that helps us split the power bill with our building mates
- Running tool-specific VMs for various CNC machines around the space
The usual suspects show up: the HP Proliant DL360 G5, the mystery box that probably has Athlons in it, a pile of Cisco green labeled MARS.
This pile of cobbled-together aging hardware has served us well over the years, but in a flurry of failing hardware, the shockingly exponential price curve of DDR and DDR2 RAM, the increasingly-notable power draw of old hardware…it was time for a change.