[rescue] Digest Why not to use an Atom as a Server

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Fri Jan 20 10:27:17 CST 2012

On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM, Robert Novak <rnovak at indyramp.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM, Nathan Raymond <nraymond at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM, William Enestvedt <
> > William.Enestvedt at jwu.edu> wrote:
> >
> >>   So for home NAS building, where I would prefer to run it all the time
> >> as long as it doesn't burn *too* much electricity, is a little
> >> Atom-based box the right choice? Is anyone selling these, or should I
> I spent a couple of months pondering the choice myself, and while I
> have the parts for a few things, I ended up grabbing a clearance
> Netgear (formerly Infrant) ReadyNAS NV+. It's actually SPARC based,
> but won't take more than 2TB disks... it's pretty quiet and doesn't
> eat much power (I should meter it) and it's got a bit short of 6 TB
> usable with gigE. It also is configurable to back up usb flash
> drives--considering I have a box of them and never remember what's on
> them, I can save the contents before reusing--very cool feature. This
> was before the drive price hike; I paid $230 for the box itself and
> put four "green" 2TB disks in at $75ish each.
> A lot of the ready-made NAS boxes will also support various network
> protocols other than the typical CIFS/NFS/AFP, so you might be able to
> feed your tivo, roku, xbox, ipod/itunes, etc from the archives on it.
> If your budget is a bit higher, Synology and Drobo both have good
> options. Synology has some expandable boxes (I think one of the 5
> drive units can stack one or two 5 drive expansion units) but it's
> less expensive to go block modular (i.e. "need more than X TB? Buy
> another box").
> If you want something PC-ish-based, there are a lot of little atom/amd
> boxes you can buy from Fry's or the like for $200-400, with gigE and
> wifi, sometimes an optical drive, and one hard drive. Some have esata
> and most have usb connections for adding a drive. A bit of googling
> will show you what's most "hackable" for non-original OSes.
> The HP Microserver (N40L) is a modern cult classic, with some people
> making killer FreeNAS boxes out of them. They start at $350, support
> ECC, have 4 non-hotswap drive bays and two expansion slots I think,
> and can be found on ebay/amazon for under $300.
Both the N40L and N36L from what i have seen have had B#100 cashback, they
seem to be running a new "offer" every month.

Add some extra RAM (ECC ends up being quite expensive for the 4G sticks,
lots of 1' and 2's on ebay very cheep though) and a few HDDs and you have a
killer low power server. Oh also an extra nic is very helpful.
As well as the 4 non-hotswap drive bays, it has an extra sata interface for
a DVD/CD drive but Ill be putting in a SSD when I see one cheep enough.
they also have an Internal USB port, and esata.

Oh I'm ranting on about how I love my N36L again ;)

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> Rob
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