[K12OSN] Blade Server for LTSP?

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Mon Mar 12 17:40:07 UTC 2007

Jim, did you ever get any answers about this question?


Steven Santos
Director, Simply Circus, Inc.
Email: Steven at SimplyCircus.com
 Mail: 14 Pierrepont Road
       Newton, MA 02462
Phone: 617-527-0667
  Web: www.SimplyCircus.com <http://www.SimplyCircus.com>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com]On
> Behalf Of Jim Kronebusch
> Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 7:13 PM
> To: k12osn at redhat.com
> Subject: [K12OSN] Blade Server for LTSP?
> Has anyone looked at the possibility of using something like a
> Dell 1955 Blade
> Server as an LTSP server farm?  I am looking at trying to deploy 100 or so
> terminals to start moving to 500 or so in the next couple years
> in a single
> location.  I am wondering if using a blade server like this
> (holds 10 blades)
> if I could set up the first blade as my LDAP server, Second blade
> as my email
> server, 3rd blade as my ltsp server, then hang my Dell PowerVault
> off of the
> blade chassis and mount it as /home on all 3 blades.  Then later
> when I need
> more LTSP horsepower I could buy another blade and round robin
> it, later maybe
> more.  If I need more power for OpenOffice or Firefox I could add another
> blade to be an application server, or more.  Does anyone know if this is
> possible?  I see they have many Ethernet ports on the back and a built in
> Cisco switch for network connections.  Could these blades talk to
> each other
> internally and not even have to access the network making for an extremely
> high speed backbone for communication between blades?
> Please let me know with any thoughts or suggestions.  I sure would hate to
> invest $10,000 in hardware to figure out it wouldn't work.  If it
> is possible
> this could make one kickass server setup in one package.
> Jim Kronebusch
> Cotter Tech Department
> 507-453-5188
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