I used to use VMS with the server the size of a fridge. I was still a high school student then.
When I became an IT person (work), I went to the local computer junk store and bought a few Alpha. It was fun but clearly unable to handle the sizes of the files. I ended up using them as a firewall.
Around 10 years ago I got myself a HP Itanium. I have installed a Solaris on it; but the real reason is to install a openVMS on it. After moving to another state, I could not bring everything. I only brought the machine with me. No monitor. No keyboard, No mouse...you get the idea. If I waned to build it again, I will have no space. I also lost my hobbyist license.
All I want right now is if someone gives me a free account so that I can practice. EMail will be good. I don't even want a web space.