Project Concluded: August 15, 2018
DB Reference: dc_sys_vsphere
Last Updated: September 26, 2023
Having only one physical server but want to have share its performance? Thats where virtual machines could be very useful. In this project, I have installed and configured VMware ESXi 6.7 Hypervisor.
As of April 2023, the system has the following specification:
Hardware: 1 * Supermicro X10QBL server with quad Xeon E7-8895v2 + 768G Memory
Hardware: 1 * DELL PowerEdge R740 server with dual Xeon Platinum 8269CY + 384G Memory
Hypervisor: VMware ESXi 6.7
Prior to commencing my project, I evaluated performance of several options such as VirtulBox, VMware Workstation, and Kubernetes. As I anticipated that the content of services I would be dealing with might not be easily dockerized, I decided to opt for a complete virtual environment. Eventually, I selected VMware ESXi (6.7), an enterprise-grade hypervisor.
At the beginning, there existed only one hypervisor (X10QBL). However, in 2021, a new high-performance hypervisor (R740) was introduced and subsequently implemented as part of the Genetic Analysis Project. Both hypervisors, were then added to AD1 domain for a centrailized management.
The management interface, VMware vSphere, was installed but it later became inoperable for reasons unknown. Since there are now only two hypervisors in use, there is no longer a pressing need to deploy vSphere. Nevertheless, I am planning to reinstall it on a physical machine and upgrade the ESXi version in 2024.