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  1. #1
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    Ways to use commodity hardware?

    How would/do you make use of commodity (generally a few years old) servers? At any scale, from 1 to 1,000 of them? Especially things you could sell?

    Just wondering if there's anything I haven't thought of/seen for myself!

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    There are several things you could do with them. Firstly you could cluster them and maybe sell CPU time.

    Or you could build a large server farm, although everything would have to be shared among the machines, for example DNS on one, DB on another and web server on another. Although this kind of thing is done already.

    I'm currently thinking of getting a couple to use as distributed monitoring servers.

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    The power/space to performance ratio for old servers sucks. I part them out and sell them. Surprisingly, for 10 old dual P3 motherboards/cpus/RAM, you can get enough back to build a single server that is way more than 10x as powerful while using a fraction of the total energy and space as 10 of those other boxes.
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    Build a grid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexSeven View Post
    How would/do you make use of commodity (generally a few years old) servers? At any scale, from 1 to 1,000 of them? Especially things you could sell?

    Just wondering if there's anything I haven't thought of/seen for myself!
    Old servers are very power inefficient. You can try to reuse them but the power costs usually outweigh the systems (collectively) performance.

    Sell them for dirt cheap and get your money's worth while you can.

    What kind of systems do you have? May be someone is interested....*wink* *wink*
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    A nice Linux cluster is awesome.
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    I agree with the comment on building a grid. If you have a bunch of old hardware, you could put a Grid OS on it, then sell VPS's off of it.

    With technology out there like Applogic and others, you could densely populate your outdated hardware with virtual servers.

    Just a thought.

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