HP C3000 blade system power usage

Discussion in 'Virtualized Computing' started by TeleFragger, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. TeleFragger

    TeleFragger Gawd

    Nov 10, 2005
    Ok so bare with me. i have been all over google and couldnt find out what I was looking for. I figured there are many people here and someone may know or have one to see or share the screen.

    I currently run 4 machines with esxi 6.0u2.
    1 - dual xeon - 48gb ram
    3 - single xeon - 24gb ram

    so it got me thinking as I found on google that someone bought a blade chassis (3000) then got another.I cant find the link now but he said...something to the effect of..

    the blade manager software showed his blade using 118w

    so for me.. I am curious if a hp c3000 with 8 blades but not all used at the same time is a good thought for a home lab vs my current setup. my dual xeon (HP Z800) seems like a power hungry hog and i could end up with a better setup

    i see on ebay and even CL that i can get a fairly simple c3000 chassis with fans and power supplies and even at times with some blades/cpu's and memory for say $900...

    so my gears are grinding...

    so anyone here have access to the HP C3000 where they could show pics of the power manager? im just thinking i could lower my power bill and get more of a lab...

    ill get bashed for this i know.. hah so all good.. but even the show us your lab setup.. there are some AWESOME setups but that has to run a nice electric chunk...
  2. k1pp3r

    k1pp3r [H]ardness Supreme

    Jun 16, 2004
    I am a fan of Blade Chassis, just not really for home. Between heat, weight and other factors just don't really make them suitable unless you have a dedicated space for your equipment (Not a closet!)

    I normally deal with the C7000 so looking over the C3000 you would be looking at:

    300 lbs fully loaded with 8 half height blades and 4 interconnect slots full.
    BTU rating of 3000 BTU/hr
    Ready state power of 800 wats PER power supply (I couldn't find out the PS requirements for powering all zones in the chassis, you would likely need a minimum of 2 per zone to power the entire chassis, so 4 PS pulling 800w in ready state)

    When it comes to power, you can't just consider the power your blades draw, also consider the 8 fans, 4 interconnects, mgmt cards and everything else inside the chassis.

    You would be better off looking for something like the older Dell C6000 setup in my opinion.
  3. TeleFragger

    TeleFragger Gawd

    Nov 10, 2005
    ^^ and i appreciate all that!

    hmmm dell c6000 - on the search now... just to look
  4. lopoetve

    lopoetve Imhotep

    Oct 11, 2001
    I've intentionally moved to rack mount / tower for this reason. Power draw on those is nuts, especially with the efficiency losses of the interconnects, and the high-speed fans.