[lug] Low power servers.

Quentin Hartman qhartman at gmail.com
Wed Dec 26 15:11:08 MST 2012

oh! Another super small and low-power platform I've played with the past is


They've evolved a lot since last I looked and one of their options might be
a good fit for you.

On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM, Quentin Hartman <qhartman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Gotcha, thanks for the clarification on your needs. In the playing I did
> some years ago in the space you're talking about the only gotchas I ran
> into were performance, both computational and throughput not meeting my
> needs, and the time spent compiling a lot of the packages I wanted to run
> because they weren't available in binary form for the platform. I could
> have setup a cross-compilation config on a faster box to make that less
> time consuming, but for the exploratory stuff I was doing it didn't seem
> worth the effort.  The landscape is probably quite a bit different these
> days though. I'd be interested to see responses from anyone else who has
> played around with this stuff more recently.
> QH
> On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM, David L. Anselmi <anselmi at anselmi.us>wrote:
>> Quentin Hartman wrote:
>> > What defines "low power" for you?
>> I was thinking <20W, though not because I have any constraints.
>> My current server (dual P-III) runs about 75W (perhaps 10W more if it's
>> working hard).  Although
>> cutting that is nice, getting rid of fans and old, noisy, hard drives
>> will also be nice.  The main
>> reason I care about power is just to avoid using more than I need.
>> > http://www.logicsupply.com/products/vab_800
>> I guess I didn't say but I'd also like a price tag around $100.  I
>> definitely don't need video,
>> audio, or keyboard.
>> I don't need more than one Ethernet port.  Not really interested in wifi.
>> I need something to connect storage, perhaps flash for the OS but not
>> necessarily (the Sheeva did
>> better booting from a flash stick than a hard drive).  But whether USB-2,
>> USB-3, eSATA, etc I don't
>> much care.
>> I don't care whether the CPU is x86-ish or ARM.
>> So mostly I'm asking whether anyone has experience making this work and
>> any gotchas you've had with
>> certain hardware.
>> The web/mail server could probably run on a pi without any trouble (the
>> Internet is likely the
>> slowest piece by an order of magnitude).  The file server will be holding
>> backups so throughput will
>> be noticeable and more is better.  Looks like Ethernet will be the
>> bottleneck, then USB2 if I
>> upgrade to gigabit.
>> Probably I can get by with 2 pis at this point and move the file server
>> to something else if I don't
>> like what it does.
>> Thanks!
>> Dave
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