On 29/04/10 03:11, Andy Davidson wrote:
This is interesting to me, because I have been looking
to replace some of my hosted VM infrastructure with low power devices such as the ones
discussed in this thread. They would make ideal static webservers, recursive dns servers
for our offices, development and staging environments, and some of our internal apps. The
Soekris units have a reseller channel who bundle the boards with power supplies and a 1U
My motivation ? Each VM costs me 20W of power. One of the Soekris units runs in 10W.
I have so far held off because the Soekris net6501  promises to be a much more
capacious device, but so far pricing and availability has been illusive. If anyone has
any more info on this upcoming unit or some other Intel based low power 1U boxes.
I've rack-mounted standard-case Soekris boxen by bolting them to rack
blanking plates with holes for the LEDs to shine through.
The net5501 can take internal hard drives in its standard case. The
standard Alix cases are too small for that, although you may be able to
get third party cases with a drive bay and internal PSU. Of course if
you use network storage (or even flash) that won't be a problem. Alix
boards also pull less power; even the lowly net4501 turns up its toes
given a 500 mA PSU, whereas the Alix goes just fine with one (measured
draw, ~ 400 mA under load), not that I'd do that in the field. Larger
Soekris models are even thirstier.
I'm guessing from past behaviour, the Soekris net6501 is going to be a
bit pricier and pull a bit more power than you'd like. It'll also be
says "production availability in Q1 '10", it's Q2
already and there aren't even prototype photos yet. This doesn't
surprise me; Soekris has a history of over-optimistic release schedules.
For this application, it may be worth having a look at some of the
nettop boxes; a quick perusal suggests that the Atom based ones are
still a bit thirsty on power (which also leads me to think the net6501
might not achieve what you want), but there are other breeds which might