This chassis houses up to 8 processing nodes. Each node is roughly equivilent to 30 elastic compute units. You can scale as needed by building and slotting more nodes into the chassis. Candidates for these nodes includes: app servers of any kind, ssl termination/reverse proxies, cache servers, distributed/concurrent processing, cron jobs, etc.
- 1x Supermicro 5038ML-H8TRF(http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/3U/5038/SYS-5038ML-H8TRF.cfm) $3750
Per node (up to 8):
- 4x Samsung M391B1G73BH0(http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/product/computing-dram/detail?iaId=693&productId=7435) $80
- 1x Intel E3-1230v3(http://ark.intel.com/products/75054/) $230
- 1x Intel SSDSC2CW240A3K5(http://ark.intel.com/products/66250/) $250
- Min cost: $4550 (1 node, $800 per additional)
- Max cost: $10150
- Max Realistic Amps(120v): 8
- Each node having 240GB SSD, 32GB RAM, and 4 core/8 thread CPU.
- Only non-critical/replicatable data should be held on these servers! Intentionally no RAID.
- Each node should be treated as a dumb processing/cache server.
- Expected that the developer/ops team anticipate/code for individual node failure (always true).
- Though limited on cores, the E3 v3 processors are one generation ahead of the other Xeons. As a result, they are some of the highest performing Xeon processors available at a extremely low cost: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
- If you need more processing power on the cheap, E3-1270v3 is a great way to do so for only ~$100 more per proc.