HP have recently updated their Proliant Microserver to sport a slightly nippier processor. As well as the 250Gb SATA drive it also now comes with 2Gb RAM as standard – although if you’re thinking of using one for a home lab Virtual Infrastructure you’d need to replace that with 2 x 4Gb sticks anyway.
HP’s ongoing cashback deal for this little gem is still running too. Before cashback they’re about £200 + VAT meaning that once you get your cheque back from HP, they work out at only £120 each. Not bad at all for a home lab and the AMD NEO N40L 1.5Ghz dual-core processor should be enough to handle a reasonable lab-like load.
ServersPlus are one of the places in the UK to pick one of these servers up. They even offer an ESXi 5 testbed bundle that includes the 8Gb RAM and an optical drive.
These little servers are great lab servers if you need something small and quiet. I have 3 of them running more or less full time at home and my wife hasn’t complained about the electricity bill… yet.
I’m not normally in the habit of posting this sort of thing but I do own a number of these MicroServers and they’re great for home lab use. They may only take up to 8Gb RAM and have single, dual-core chips in them but they don’t eat much power and don’t make much noise. They’re also as “cheap as chips” to buy!
Enough about why I have them. ServersPlus are running a competition of sorts to design a cosmetically pimped up MicroServer. If you submit what becomes the winning design you get the first one of the batch for free.
Submissions have to be in on 11th November and voting runs until 30th November.
Just in case @kiwi_si hasn’t posted about this, it seems that the cashback offer on HP’s MicroServer has been extended again until the 31st Macrh 2011.
Even better, ServersPlus have apparently picked up new stock at a lower price that they are passing on. This means that after cashback that you can get one of these little fellas for under £100 (ex VAT) – sorry, UK only.
For further information about these servers, including how well they work in a home lab environment, head over to TechHead.
Or, for that low price, you could just buy one and play with it!