Dell C6100 reference: Beginner complete


I was going to set up a cluster, using several desktop computers, when I came across the poweredge C6100 XS23-TY3.

At first glance, this would be much cheaper with faster rendertimes (according to the scores of cinebench). But I don't know if all the hassle of catching a C6100 and running, worth it.

While I'm a total newbie when it comes to cloud servers, I have several questions about the c6100.

(1) when it comes to Windows OS, I guess I have to use Windows 2008 R2 or 2012? What is the best/most reliable option?

(2) I guess I have to install Windows on each node?

(3) and windows enough to make the C6100 upward and the race, or do I need other software as well?

(4) as the C6100 has a sata controller, can I use an SSD instead of a SAS drive? And if so, is it also Plug'n play like in regular jobs or is it more than that?

(5) if I have to install the software on each node, is possible at once, without access to each node separately? I am aware that there renderfarms, which consists of 3000 nodes or more. I can't imagine they have to the remote desktop of each node, in order to install a new plugin.

(6) any known problems with the C6100?

Thanks in advance!



Here is some useful information about the C6100:

  • 1. it supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 x 64 SP2
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    Microsoft® Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1 and HPC Server 2008 R2 x 64 SP1

Citrix® XenServer
VMware® ESXi

2. Yes, you install an OS on all nodes.

3. it will be functional with any operating system.

4. are there available SAS RAID cards that will allow him to use SAS or SSD drives. You will need to create a RAID array.

5. in general, a large like this environment using Vmware and you would deploy virtual computer images for all systems and can manage a single image.

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