Vote to Refresh PS:One Server Hardware

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  • Mailing List Announcement: 2015-03-17
  • Officially Proposed: 2015-03-24
  • To be Voted on: 2015-03-31
    • Yes: 33
    • No: 0
    • Present: 5
  • Passed: 2015-03-31


The primary IT services in the space are running on ageing hardware and an undersized battery backup. Thanks to the explosion of "cloud" service providers, we can replace these with newer second hand systems that are both more powerful _and_ consume significantly less power.

Hypothetically, the power requirements for this hardware could go from the current total of 1300 Watts to < 300 Watts based on Hef's measurements here:


This is a potential alternative to upgrading the UPS with the added benefit of removing a kilowatt of power consumption and heat disipation in the catwalk area. To replace the UPS solution, we would add a power line conditioner to protect our investment from damage from bad power conditions, and decrease instability due to power spikes/dips.

Assuming $0.07 per KWh as the fully loaded electricity price, this migration will save roughly $600 per year in energy cost. We'll also likely be able to recover a few hundred dollars by selling the old equipment.

product price
Dell C6105 Cloud Server 6x 1.8GHz AMD Six-Core 72GB Ram 12x 1TB $1,019.99 + $70.04 shipping
TP-LINK TL-SG1024 10/100/1000Mbps Unmanaged 24-Port Gigabit rackmountable Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving $97.99
TRIPP LITE LCR2400 Line Conditioner $260
Total + 20% buffer $1737.62


Authorize the BoD to spend up to $1737.62 on acquiring replacement low power server hardware for the PS1 IT infrastructure

This authorization shall expire at midnight on July 1, 2015.