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Testing the PiBox mini 2, a Raspberry Pi MicroK8s server

Testing the PiBox mini 2, a Raspberry Pi MicroK8s server

Kubesail sent me their brand-new PiBox mini 2. It’s a 2-drive SATA NAS built with the Compute Module 4. It has a front-panel LCD, native SATA, and more! I did have a little trouble with the early prototype model they sent, but was able to get that fixed and now...
Why would you build a Raspberry Pi Cluster?

Why would you build a Raspberry Pi Cluster?

Everyone seems to be asking, so I figured I’d answer. I’ll explain what I use my small Pi clusters for, and what some other people use them for. But also, why cluster in the first place? Can’t you just buy an EPYC 64-core CPU and an RTX 3080 and have...
A Raspberry Pi takes on KIOXIA’s Enterprise NVMe and SAS SSDs

A Raspberry Pi takes on KIOXIA’s Enterprise NVMe and SAS SSDs

It took some convincing, but KIOXIA sent me two of their latest Enterprise SSDs, the PM6 SAS 24G drive, and the CM6 PCIe NVMe drive, and I test them using the MegaRAID card and ‘Elrond’ storage enclosure sent to me by Broadcom. How do the drives perform?...
IT WORKED! – 16 Hard Drives on the Raspberry Pi (Pi Day Special)

IT WORKED! – 16 Hard Drives on the Raspberry Pi (Pi Day Special)

They say the 2nd time’s a charm… right? Let’s see if I can finally get all 16 hard drives recognized by the Raspberry Pi! All proceeds from superchats, merch sales, new sponsorships, any ad revenue, or one-off donations I receive today (3/14/2021)...
Hardware RAID for the fastest Raspberry Pi CM4 NAS!

Hardware RAID for the fastest Raspberry Pi CM4 NAS!

Finally, with a bit of help from some Broadcom engineers, I got full hardware RAID working on a Raspberry Pi. And I actually used SAS drives this time. Special thanks to Broadcom for sending me a controller card and storage backplane to test on the Pi, and for their...