I have been using the Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform 3450 and 3460 appliances on some of my recent projects. I have been wanting to do some testing to see what these appliances are capable of, I mean other than hosting 5000+ VMware View desktops, but it’s not like I can just go pull one out of production and fire up IOMeter, or install Hyper-V on it, or do some What-If-BadThingsTM happen like a hard drive accidently getting pulled or two nodes decide to power off at the same time.
Nutanix was kind enough to send me a Nutanix 1350 Virtual Computing Platform appliance to do exactly this. The 1000 series is the little brother to the 3000 series. Without having received Nutanix Official Sales Training(TM) I should clarify what the series numbers mean:
|X (Series Number)
X (Number of Nodes)
X (Processor Type)
X (SSD Drive Capacity)
|1 (1000 Series)
3 (3 Nodes)
5 (Dual Intel Sandy Bridge E5-2620)
0 (1-400GB SSD Drive)
Nutanix had also warned me that the appliance is rated to consume 1150W at 10-12A. With all of the other equipment that I have in the office, my 15A circuit didn’t look like it was going to cut it. Time for a power upgrade!
However, something seemed to be missing to complete this power upgrade… attic access! 5 days, 10 trips to Home Depot, a stud finder, 1 new reciprocating saw, and 4 holes in the wall later I had finally installed a new 20A circuit!
This is also probably where I should put the disclaimer:
I am a computer systems engineer and not a licensed electrician. Any work performed on your own structures must be performed according to your local laws and building codes. It is highly recommended to have any electrical work performed by a licensed electrician.
Found the back of the electrical panel!
Circuit breaker installed!
Time for unboxing!
Even though it came with rails, I don’t feel like moving everything around in my lab rack, I want to play! I’ll just set it on top and rack it later.
So now that I have it plugged in, let’s see what this thing is going to cost me to run. Thanks to Southern California Edison and the California Public Utilities Exchange Commission I’m in Tier 4 which costs $0.31 per kilowatt hour. At 1.15 kw/hr * 24 hrs per day * 30 days per month * $0.31, I’m looking at a $256.68 increase in my bill next month.
However, I plugged in my Kill-A-Watt meter and it shows me that these 3 nodes are only consuming 367 Watts. At 0.367 kw/hr * 24 hrs per day * 30 days per month * $0.31, it looks like I’m only going to be paying an additional $81.91. I realize that these numbers are at idle, so I’ll have to write another post once I get a load spun up. Also, this load probably could have fit on my existing 15A circuit. But at least I got to play Tim Taylor over the holiday break and get more power!