No more VPS

A little of history

For a really long time I was using Contabo VPS as my main server. I was really happy with it. Good thing was, I bought it long time ago, before changes in packages, so I had few cores more then you may have right now for the same price. Similar story was with system memory. Ok, disk storage was lower then you will get now, but it wasn’t important for me. In my case, most of the space is used by images, and all of them are offloaded into S3 bucket anyway.

S3 and Ccloudflare

Because I’m using S3 bucket as a storage for offloaded images, I don’t need a lot of space and transfer. But… if I will serve images directly from S3, it will not look nice from the url point of view. So I mixed S3 (as storage) and Cloudflare with custom sub-domain (as CDN – Content Delivery Network).

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Big changes in my home server

For a long time I was using Proxmox as my server OS. On it I had few VMs. One with Arch Linux (I’m using it as my daily OS through RDP), another one with Home Assistant, another one for media (Jellyfin app, Calibre, etc). And some created ad-hoc when needed for testing. But from some time I was thinking about big change. And finally it happened during this week.

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HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

Some time ago I wrote about a home server. This time it is about my home lab. When choosing a server, I looked at size, capacity and power consumption. And I ended up choosing the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8. I did some quick research and it turned out that the best I could choose was the Xeon 1265L-V2 processor (best power to TDP ratio) and 16Gb ECC RAM. To this I added a total of four Seagate ST2000VM003 3.5″ drives, each with a capacity of 2TB.

This HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a powerful and reliable option for those who need a microtower server. Featuring an Intel Xeon E3-1265L v2 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads, 2.5GHz base and 3.5GHz boost and 16GB ECC DDR3 RAM (maximum possible). The operating system is installed on a Kingston A400 SSD 2.5″ SATA 960GB (SA400S37/960G) for agility and performance.

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