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Building Next Gen Datacenter – Portable Datacenter in a Pelican Case

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on September 28, 2014

The cloud is great, but sometimes you really need to have a portable solution and here it is. I call it the Pelicase Datacenter (someone used that name in a twitter feed and I think its kind of cool.)

Before you dig in the list a couple of questions that pops up all the time:

Question: What about heat issues?

Answer: The only hot item is the LED lamp, the router is getting warm but the rest of the stuff keeps cool forever. I have been using the Pelicase for book writing the entire summer, the longest “uptime” is more then 40 hours. Just to get you some number:

After 8 hours of operation in a room with 25 degrees Celsius/77 Fahrenheit degrees .

  • The NUS’s is 30 degrees Celsius / 86 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The power supply is 41 degrees Celsius / 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit
  • The switch is 41 degrees Celsius / 105.8 degrees Fahrenheit
  • the router is 42 degrees Celsius / 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit

Question: What’s the price for all of it?

Answer: I have no idea and the reason is very simple. I have friends working on some of these companies.

The Pictures

The complete setup with my Laptop on the right side and the Pelicase Datacenter on the left. They are connected using a 1GB network cable.

A closer look at the Pelicase Datacenter.

In the front you can see the LED USB light used to light up the keyboard that is in front of the case.

The TINY Router, configured for routing using cable or 3/4G and support for Wireless access to the Datacenter.

The 6 PSU’s need for the 6 Intel NUC’s.

The GB Switch.


The 6 Intel NUC’s, 5 of them is running Hyper-V and the last one is running Windows 8.1

The Shopping list

The Case:


The Router/Wireless/Firewall:


The Screen:


The Switch (current):


The Switch (previous):


The USB LED Lamp:


The Intel NUC’s:


Supported Memory:


Memory I use:


Disk drives:


The keyboard and mouse:



All NUC’s runs Windows Server 2012 R2 as Hyper-V hosts, but there is a whole lot more around the software and configuration, so this last part will be updated later this week(end)

Setup & Configuration:



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In the LAB–HP Proliant Microserver Gen 8–From G1610T to i5-3470T

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on January 5, 2014

The HP Proliant Microserver Gen 8 is one of the best LAB server for Hyper-V, Private-Cloud, System Center, Windows Server since it has dual network adapters AND a full blown iLO 4, so we can do all kinds of in-bound and out-of-band monitoring. It also support IPMI so it is possible to test and play with bare metal deployment in SCVMM 2012 (R2). But it lacks a bit of performance around the CPU. It comes with the Intel G1610T or Intel G2020T, but since it has a standard 1155 socket and it is of course possible to change the CPU, however this s of course NOT SUPPORTED by HP.

There are a couple of CPUs you can change into (since is a 1155 socket) but basically it comes down to either the “server” version Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 or the “desktop” version Intel Core i5-3470T. You can look for yourself here to see the difference My choice was the desktop version, just because I wanted to try that (could not find anyone that had tried it). I think the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 is a better choice, but just for fun I wanted to test it. You can compare the Intel I5 3470T with the original G2020T here The I5 has Hyper-Threading, Intel VT-d and Turbo Boost (plus some more stuff) and and slightly higher CPU speed, but it consumes the same amount of power 35 Watt, so it is a bit more “safe” then the Xeon E3 that consumes 69 Watt (TDP). I do recommend this excellent post to read before you even consider doing anything at all.

There are some posts out there that shows how to change the CPU, just remember to get thermal paste before you start, also if you had any form of warranty, which is gone by the wind when you do this…

Here is guide on how to change the CPU

This is how it looks in iLO after replacing the CPU.

HP Proliant Microserver Gen 8 - I5

This is how it looks in Windows Server 2012 R2 after replacing the CPU.



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