[lug] Low power servers.

Quentin Hartman qhartman at gmail.com
Wed Dec 26 10:07:24 MST 2012

Oh, another option thought I thought might be interesting for a low-power
home server is one of the new Chromebooks running Ubuntu. They are cheap at
$200-$250, include a display, mouse, and keyboard so you don't need to
worry about IO, and the Samsung one includes a USB 3.0 port, so you could
theoretically hook up an external RAID array and still get decent file
serving performance. The Acer one is cheaper, and has an ethernet port if
you don't want to be wireless only. Anyway, another thought.


On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:41 AM, Quentin Hartman <qhartman at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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:
> http://www.logicsupply.com/products/vab_800
> 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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