Thursday, August 11
Now is the Winter of our disk content.*
Just ordered a couple of HP servers. I've always wanted an HP server, and now I'm getting two.
Admittedly, they're very very small HP servers:
They take four 3.5" drives in neat little caddies, up to 8GB of ECC (or non-ECC) RAM, and are powered by an Athlon II dual-core chip.*** Gigabit ethernet, a swarm of USB ports, one each eSATA and VGA. Two low-profile PCIe slots, one full x16 and one x1. Comes with 1GB of ECC RAM and a 250GB disk, which isn't very much but at least lets you get it up and running right out of the box.
$250 each, including shipping - which is the same price as those Buffalo 4-disk NAS boxes, but a lot more capable. At the same time they're a good bit bigger than a Buffalo, but at the same same time they're maybe one third the size of the mini-tower machines under my desk and reportedly very quiet and light on power.
They'll work fine as file servers or test boxes without cluttering the place up too much.
I was uncertain whether to buy them - I could revive some of my older machines to do the same duties, though they'd be larger, noisier, and more expensive to run - when I found some pretty positive reviews and a 175-page thread and another 194-page thread about them on OCAU. They're apparently quite the item with the hobbyist crowd.
Now I just need to name them. Kirino for one, I think. And... Menma?
** Not really.
*** A 1.3GHz low-power Athlon, but that should be fine for what I'll be doing with them.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, August 11 2011 10:50 AM (+rSRq)
Officially HP supports Windows and Red Hat Linux, but people are running all sorts of things on them. Apparently the new version of Windows Home Server works well.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, August 11 2011 11:51 AM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thursday, August 11 2011 02:44 PM (9KseV)
My notebooks are named after moeblobs - Mio for the 15" model with the gorgeous 1080p screen, Sae for the 13" subnotebook. (And I'm eyeing an 11" subsubnotebook version of Sae that will have to be named Chika.)
Taiga is reserved for a future Mac Mini.
My NASes are named after weather fairies. (Sugar, Pepper, Salt.)
So unless I've missed a whole lot of anime schoolgirl goddess etc etc in recent years, I'll need to forage further afield.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, August 11 2011 04:18 PM (PiXy!)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, August 12 2011 12:39 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: RickC at Sunday, August 14 2011 12:06 PM (VKVOz)
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