[lug] Low power servers.

Quentin Hartman qhartman at gmail.com
Wed Dec 26 09:41:01 MST 2012

What defines "low power" for you? I have a couple of boxes based on C7 or
Atom processors on Mini-itx boards that pull under 50 watts at the wall.
Most people would consider that low power, but it's a lot more than the Rpi
and the Sheeva plug-like systems you mention draw. The advantage being that
they are considerably more powerful as well, which makes them more flexible
and is why I ultimately went that route. It was worth ~20 watts to me to
get better performance and have something that was a little less quirky to
deal with.

When I chose these systems several years ago I had played with using things
like Routerboards and some of the hackable router and NAS boxes that were
out there, which was fun, but it was more of a hassle than I would want to
deal with day-to-day. If I were building one of these boxes today though, I
would give something like this a real hard look:


On Tue, Dec 25, 2012 at 6:56 PM, David L. Anselmi <anselmi at anselmi.us>wrote:

> Anyone have any suggestions for low power server hardware?  I'm familiar
> with the Sheeva Plug and
> Guru Plug.  I ran across a mention of Alix boards that make me think the
> Plugs aren't the only way
> to go.
> I'd like to replace an old dual P-III with something smaller and more
> energy efficient.  That box
> does mail, mailing list, and web serving and I'll add a blog of some sort
> to the wiki that's there
> (probably using static pages).
> While I'm at it I'd probably get a second one to use as a home file server.
> I've heard of people using the raspberry pi for this kind of stuff but
> maybe they share a USB port
> for disk and network that might make performance low (but I'm not running
> faster than 100Mbps so
> that might not matter).  It does seem that delivery time for the pi is
> uncertain.
> When I looked at Alix I saw some links to cases for them but I wonder
> whether I'd need that--I could
> hang up some sort of plastic mesh and just zip tie them to the wall (and
> the same for cable management).
> Thanks!
> Dave
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