When people talk about servers, they visualize either the massive boxes with tons of processors, or a large chassis with many individual servers. Servers for small businesses usually mean a large desktop or workstation with large drives. Until now.
During HP Discover, Dave Donatelli showcased HP’s line of SMB servers to help them use a solid and stable hardware platform at an affordable price. One of the servers is so small and affordable, Donatelli referred to it as “baby’s first datacenter”, implying you can buy it for your children. The HP MicroServer is small and quiet enough to fit on a desk, but has the features and reliability we’ve all come to know on the Proliants, including iLO management. Some of the features are:
- Stackable Managed Network Switch
- B120i RAID Controller capable of RAID0, RAID1, and RAID10
- 4 3.5” SATA Drives
- 2 core processor
- Up to 12GB of memory
The usability of this box doesn’t have to be for the SMB market. Use-cases such as home-labs and streaming/sharing at home comes to mind. Throw ESXi on it, and start slicing it up to your needs. And, starting at just $449, it’s truly remarkable.
The datasheet for the MicroServer can be found here: