My Mobile Lab is an ASUS ROG GL752VW-DH74 17-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 4 GB VRAM, i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz, 32GB, a 512 GB M.2 & a 512 GB SDD internally. She just turned 3 years old, 2 weeks back, but she still keeps me quite happy. I use VMWare Workstation 15 with about 12 VMs but I don’t usually run more than 4 or 5 at a time.
My Home Lab setup: I have 3 HP ProLiant DL360 G7s (Dual Socketed 3.06 GHz CPUs) with 144 GB each. Two are running vSphere 6.7 and the other Win Server 2016 & Hyper -V. For network storage I use 2 Synology DS1815+ DiskStation 8-Bay NAS (SHR with 2 Disk failure). Let’s not forgot UPS, must have a UPS, APC Smart-UPS SMX1500RM2U X 1200W which depending on loading can provide between 20 to 30 minutes of up time. Naturally there are protocols in place to begin shutting down redundant servers (I.E. cluster nodes, secondary DCs, WSUS servers etc..) then the rest if necessary. As a Funny Side Note - I run my vCenter Server in a Hyper-V on the Windows Server; it really makes updating the VMWare Servers a lot easier.
Oh, and let’s not forget everything needs to talk to each other and I do that with 2 Cisco 4948 10GB switches (optical backbone) and an ASA 5520 to help protect me from all the bad guys out there.
I hear you all saying its “Old Equipment”, but I am an Old Man, it works to my satisfaction so why fix what is not broken. Back in the day, I was the Guy who had to have the latest and the best. But after a while I realized I spent more money each year on computer equipment then I did on food. I always thought it was justified, saying I need this for work, but I really didn’t.
“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.”
? Will Rogers