Lego Server

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Lego + Server

If you like Lego and servers you’ve come to the right place, because the only thing better than just Lego, or just a server… is a Lego Server!

Yes, I understand I’m geeking out about this, but can you blame me? Two things that have always been near and dear to my heart have been Lego and computers. For decades now I’ve been playing with both of them, so when the opportunity arose to combine them I went all in.

For those keeping track of these kinds of things this isn’t my first foray into mixing Lego and technology, in fact about 5 years ago I built my first system out of Lego. It was a beast of a system that actually housed 3 separate computers all in one gigantic custom Lego case. That system started me down this path and led later to the creation of the Mini Lego Computer, as well as the Micro Lego Computer.

These Lego Server systems are designed for those that want a powerful small form-factor Lego based server, matched exactly to the intended server application.

Design Insight

Interested in seeing inside of a Lego Server? Click below to see what a Lego Server looks like on the inside, as well as the details of the design and build process.

Lego Server Design

Brick Beginnings

Following the release of the Mini Lego Computer, I received a lot of great feedback and interest in small form-factor Lego computer systems. It seemed like the Mini Lego Computer was a hit, and people of all ages really loved it. With so much interest in the Mini Lego Computer, I started getting more and more requests from people interested in other types of Lego Computers. One of the more common requests I received was a small form-factor Lego based server system. These systems ranged from home servers, to file servers, to virtualization servers, and more!

While the Mini Lego Computer offers great performance and features, all in a very small form factor, it’s not really geared towards server duties. Since servers tend to be specialized systems they tend to use more specialized hardware. Luckily I’ve been building custom Lego server systems for years now, so I had a wealth of information to work from in creating some new systems. The primary requests I received centered on small form-factor, Lego based server system. Working from existing systems I had created, plus new designs, I created a couple of new Lego based server systems.

The result of this development was a series of new Lego based server systems. There are a variety of different case designs all geared around small form factor offerings, with each system having its hardware specifically targeted to the servers intended application. Systems offer both on-board storage, as well as additional expandable hard drive storage racks. These systems are based around Xeon E3, E5 and D-1500 processors, along with DDR3 and DDR4 ECC memory, as well as SATA and PCIe SSD storage, and HDD data storage.

Hypercube Lego Server

Design

Customizable

Lego offers an almost endless amount of combinations and customization. Systems are available pre-configured or with the option of a build-it-yourself top for your own designs.

System Testing

All Lego Server systems are rigorously tested during development. This ensures that all programs as well as system settings and hardware components are tested fully to verify their performance and stability.

Airflow & Cooling

With the importance of durability and uptime, every Lego Server system is designed with extensive attention to the cooling system and thermal management.

Wire Management

To ensure excellent airflow and cooling performance, all wires are neatly bundled and zip-tied in place. No performance is lost from wires blocking airflow, and everything is neat and tidy.

Performance

These Lego Server systems are built for no-compromise performance, and feature Xeon processors, ECC memory, PCIe SSD storage, and offer max power in a small package.

Future Expansion

Every Lego Server system is designed with future expansion in mind. Expanding memory capacity, or expanding data storage via add-on HDD rack modules is easily accomplished.

Noise & Acoustics

All Lego Server systems are designed to ensure quiet system operation. Features like advanced case ducting, and the use of premium Noctua cooling fans ensure quiet operation.

High Efficiency PSU

Every Lego Server system is designed to incorporate the highest efficiency power supply available (Gold, Platinum, Titanium), ensuring lower operating costs.

Xeon D-1540

System Configurations

Home Server

$1949

  • Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3 Processor
  • 16 GB DDR3 ECC Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • 8 TB WD RE HDD Storage
  • Aspeed AST2300
  • Dual Intel GbE LAN
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Data Server

$2599

  • Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 Processor
  • 32 GB DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 120 GB SSD Storage
  • 8 TB WD RE HDD Storage
  • Aspeed AST2400
  • Dual Intel GbE LAN
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Hyper-V Server

$2899

  • Intel Xeon D-1540 Processor
  • 64 GB DDR4 ECC Memory
  • 256 GB PCIe SSD Storage
  • 1 TB Samsung SSD Storage
  • Aspeed AST2400
  • Dual Intel 10GbE LAN
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Custom Server

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  • Intel Xeon E3, E5, D-1500 Processors
  • Up to 128 GB DDR4 ECC Memory
  • Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD Storage
  • Up to 48 TB HDD Storage
  • Aspeed Graphics
  • Dual Intel 10GbE or GbE LAN
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • High Efficiency Power Supply

Custom Configurations Available

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Lego Server Cases

Database Server
HyperCube Server
NUC Cluster Server
Home Server
Media Server
Rack Module Server

One of the great things about using Lego is the endless options you have in terms of customization. With this is mind, you can purchase multiple different case designs, or have something completely custom designed and tailored exactly to match your application. Pictured above are some example variations of case designs used in various models of servers. Custom versions can be built with integrated data storage, or with external data storage rack modules.

Custom Server Cases Available

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Hard Drive Racks

One of the best parts of Lego is it’s flexibility and versatility. Scaling your Lego Server to include more data storage is easy with add on hard drive racks. These racks are designed to work with the base Lego Server system, and include polymer anti-vibration mounting for drives, as well as integrated fan cooling systems. The racks are designed to interlock and stack together, simplifying future expansion.

Expandable Lego Server Storage Modules

  • Integrated Cooling System
  • Anti-Vibration Mounting
  • Multiple Connection Options
  • Wire Management System
  • 4TB – 6TB – 8TB Drive Options
  • Enterprise Drives
  • Up To 48TB Total Storage
  • RAID Configurations

Standard Features

Xeon Powered

All Lego Servers are built around Intel Xeon processors, offering best in class performance and power consumption. Every system is designed with a Xeon processor targeted to it’s specific application.

Cooling System

With system uptime, durability, and performance so critical, every system is carefully designed with cooling as a top priority. Active and passive systems work in conjunction for efficient cooling.

Noctua Fans

Every Lego Server system is built using premium Noctua fans, offering the best performance, along with low noise and excellent durability. Noctua is the industry leader in high performance fans.

Intel Dual LAN

Dual LAN configurations are standard on every Lego Server model, using only Intel based chips. Gigabit speeds are standard, with the option of choosing 10GbE ports for even more bandwidth.

ECC Memory

ECC memory is a standard feature of every Lego Server system. This ensures data integrity and prevents data corruption and loss from uncorrected errors. Systems are available with both DDR3 and DDR4.

International Power

Every Lego Server comes with an international power supply unit, capable of a wide range of input voltages and frequencies to support international use. Matching plugs are included to support international sockets.

Operating Systems

Supports multiple operating systems

Premium Components

FAQ

The Lego is not glued together. However, the build incorporates many advanced building techniques that greatly increase the strength of the system. Overlapping plates and bricks are used throughout the design, along with supports and beams to add stiffness. This results in a very strong system that can be easily be moved around, handled, picked up, and put down without any worry of causing damage.




One of the great features about Lego is that it’s pretty much indestructible. With a regular computer, if you drop it, you’ll most likely break its thin plastic case or dent the metal. With the Lego Server, however, if you drop it, it will most likely just slightly deform as the bricks separate a bit – a problem you can solve by just pushing the bricks back together. But in the event that something more catastrophic happens to the computer, and it’s broken into pieces, you can always send it back to me to be fixed. That said, dropping any computer could damage the internal components, so try not to do that.
When I built my other large Lego computer years ago (Lego Folding Farm) one of the most common questions was how well does the Lego hold up to heat. Well, the answer is: really well. That system has been running for over 4 years without a hitch. The Lego pieces are still just as tight as when I put them together, as the plastic used in the Lego bricks is resistant to heat and holds up very well.

With that said, I would always advise common sense when it comes computing. I wouldn’t leave it in direct sunlight and running at 100% processor usage for days on end. The heat from the sun would rapidly heat the case up – just as anything would heat up in the sun, and the cooling system is not designed to account for that sort of temperature increase.

What good is a computer system without support to back it? That’s the way I look at it at least. I offer support for the computers I build for the lifetime of the system. That means that if you have a question, issues, etc., just contact me, and I’ll follow up and do my best to help. Most support related questions can be pretty easily answered and resolved quickly. If more hands-on involvement is required, I can offer remote support by logging in to your system remotely and trying to fix the problem. Email support for questions, issues, etc. is completely free, remote support will be charged based on the time it takes to resolve the issue.

*(Disclaimer) If you need remote assistance and request that service, you will need to authorize and install software onto the computer. The software will be available for access by you but won’t work unless you choose to install it. I know privacy is a big concern for people, and because of this I will not install any software that allows remote access to a system without your permission. This will therefore be the user’s choice and responsibility, if they want this service.

Yes! The systems are designed with the intent of being fully upgradable. It was very important to me that every Lego Server system be capable of supporting numerous hardware and software upgrades to extend its years of service. Every single component in the system can be upgraded. The processor, memory, SSD drives, wireless card, and even the motherboard itself. This could add years to the life of the server by just changing out components in the system.

I do offer upgrade services and can upgrade any of the components in the system for increased performance. Most computer systems available today have limited upgradability, allowing only for upgrades in storage and sometimes memory systems. This is often tied to the fact that most of these systems require software and firmware updates in order to utilize new hardware, and the manufacturers only support these software updates for a short period of time in some cases. Another factor is that these retail systems often are built with hardware specific to the chassis and can only accept very similar hardware available at the OEM level.

This is where Lego Servers are different in their approach. I have only used components that are retail based and have purposefully built the systems using a standardized form-factor. This means that all the components can be updated as new technologies become available. I don’t write firmware or software for the system because I don’t have to; the components have their own suppliers that do that. So when that component reaches the end of its life, the system allows jumping forward to the next iteration.

You can send your Lego Server back to me, and for a reasonable price, I will upgrade components based on your needs.

No, I have zero affiliation with the Lego® group. I do not work for them, represent them or sell products for them. I am just a fan of Lego – a huge fan. You could probably even call me a super fan, as I have loved Lego as long as I can remember and have never stopped playing and building with it. In particular, I am a 80s space-themed Lego nerd, who gets wildly excited by anything M-Tron, Blacktron or Space police. I’ve built so many different Lego sets and custom things over the years that I could never hope to remember them all. In my house alone, I’ve accumulated over 40,000 pieces of Lego. It’s taken decades for this to happen, but I just can’t help it.

But while I’m a huge fan of Lego and love building and creating things with Lego, I have no affiliation with Lego in anyway.

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