I have no experience with servers. The server network I want to setup is going to have a server that will be used for VPN access, a server for number crunching and data mining and processing map data, a storage server for storing data if the project ever goes full scale. I am okay with SSDs if any that are included in the server as long as they are removable.
Edit: A cheap server for VPN as it will be used for connecting people associated with the project to the server network as of now.
When I was building out my home lab I was looking at old dell power edge and HP proliant. You can get some insane value in used hardware as most businesses have long since made back their investment on outgoing hardware and sell it for pennies.
I generally look to old Dell/HP server and Workstation hardware. In example iuse to host Minecraft and some other game servers on an old HP Z400 and with about 6 VMs for different servers it hardly broke a sweat. ATM I don’t have a lab after getting rid of a lot before I moved cross country (didn’t want to haul it all) but I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
The power savings for arm is a bit exaggerated in some cases. If your workload is good for arm and you’re doing very large scale deployments where the difference of 250w vs 280w (ampere max vs epyc 7773X) matters to some degree then maybe.
Thing with small scale deployment is ARM really doesn’t offer substantial benefits until you get into the very small/portable and you return to the same question of what the workload is. I.E Intel Atom will generally trash most similar price arm boxes for firewalls with traffic shaping,VPN,etc in my experience. In the case of small business or home lab the biggest concern is upfront cost and time to get roi. In small scale deployment consider maintenance burden (arm will be slightly higher), price, and what gets you the optimal performance within your budget.
There’s no harm in it, its just arm is a bit less established in the space. They’re fun to work with but some people think they’re universally a better choice and this is very workload and cost dependent.
I wouldn’t call them perfomant, and on some models reliability is in question, they’re definitely friendly to setup though.
Its not necessarily impossible, but also why assume to setup with expensive gear? You don’t need to buy new and there is so much good decommissioned hardware on the market that’s not even very old. Unless you’re doing a deployment that’s professional or for a business that can afford new going used market is amazing value. There is a middle ground between budget and expensive lol