Many in the VMware Community, including myself, started with the classic 4x4 Intel NUC for running a VMware homelab. Over the years, this powerful little Intel NUC continues to enable a wide variety of new VMware use cases from running vSphere, vSAN, NSX, Tanzu and even vRealize (now Aria). It felt like it was just yesterday that I had switched from using an Apple Mac Mini to the latest Intel NUC (6th Generation) to build my new vSphere/vSAN Homelab, which was more than 6 years ago! 😲
While Intel continues to expand and grow their "NUC" portfolio to include many other form factors, the classic 4x4 design still has a special place for many people in the VMware community. The classic Intel NUC is not only small, portable but also extremely capable, especially with last few releases which makes this an ideal kit for those just getting started with a new VMware Homelab.
If you are in the market for an upgrade this year, definitely check out the latest refresh of this classic 4x4 design with Intel's recent launch of the Intel NUC 12 Pro, formally known as the Wall Street Canyon NUC.
Let's take a closer look at this new Intel NUC 😀