2017 - Present

MCSL Data Center

I present to you my home data center.

I started putting the datacenter together in late 2017/early 2018. It originally was made up of a couple HP/Compaq servers on top of a wooden shelf, but has expanded to a diverse array of equipment.

The server rack itself I bought used on Craigslist for $40. The rack was originally used to house equipment for the Alta Vista search engine.

Because I bought many of the servers used, many of them did not come with mounting rails. The ones that did were often too big to be attached to rack. Server racks from the 90's aren't very deep.

Instead, I created my own mounting system. I found some "L" brackets at the hardware store that seem suitable for supporting heavy servers. Other things are on top of wooden shelves supported through metal dipoles that fit perfectly through the holes in the rack. Much cheaper than buying rails for each server. The only downside is I have to pull out each server to preform maintenance on it, and some of them are upwards of 100 pounds. I would say it is quite a cost effective setup though.

If you would like to read more about the specifics of the setup: