I am trying to plan my hardware configuration and zfs setup on a Dell R620 which has only 8 sas drive bays. The main goal is to maximize bulk storage while still maintaining an efficient VM server. I have plenty of ram and plan to max out as my budget permits. This is a home lab environment and intended to be a learning environment for zfs and virtualization. My initial design would be the following: - Host os installed on small Intel SSD (50 GB) with SATA 2 interface - VM storage on separate intel 800 GB PCIe 3 SSD - bulk data storage on 8 sas HDDs (probably raid 10) I am hoping for advice on how to best utilize my SSD’s and HDD’s ? For example, host SSD in raid 0 (cloned to backup drive for recovery), VM SSD in raid 0 backed up via normal zfs snapshots and etc. Note: I will also be building a separate FreeNAS backup server.