The Art of achieving the Impossible


I am so pleased to announce that the Atheon Exasol Mini Cluster is now up and running!

Also known as the “Chinese Suitcase” and the “Atheon Holdall”, the Mini Cluster has been a few weeks in development, whilst I battled with a handful of minor issues.

The kit list for the Mini Cluster (in a 2+1 architecture) is:

The specs of the mini PC are:

  • Intel Core i7 (mobile processor)
  • 16GB RAM capacity
  • 2 gigabit NICs

The key things to note are:

  • 2 drives are required for the data nodes (only one for the Licence node)
  • 2 network cards are required for every node
  • An Exasol licence is required to operate the nodes together (talk to your Exasol Account manager, or get in touch and I’ll direct you, although this IS NOT SUPPORTED)

With costs in the cloud, looking to be a recurring £1600 per month, the total cost for the whole setup was around £2300, which will prove an invaluable saving for a small company. This cluster provides a great low-cost development environment, or could be used for a PoC, or as a “portable” (like TVs in the 90’s) Exasol implementation. More portable than a server rack in a flight case anyway!

Next up, is to get a mini rack machined out of aluminium for it, I think people might start to miss their Lego before too long!

I’d not have been able to build this without the help of the Exasol support guys, who were very patient with my constant persistence to build this, so big thanks to them.

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda