[conspire] Another low-power server
Luke S Crawford
lsc at prgmr.com
Wed Oct 7 15:19:33 PDT 2009
Don Marti <dmarti at zgp.org> writes:
> On the subject of ARM-based systems for SOHO servers,
> here's one that has 512MB of RAM, which should make
> it usable for real web apps:
> It's based on the Marvell Sheeva SoC, which has its
> own built-in Ethernet. I don't know about the driver
> for it. They're offering Ubuntu images, among others.
wow. sweet. I was pretty excited about the atom boards, too...
but I was so dissapointed when I got them and they put this decently low-power
cpu on a board with a chipset that draws 50w (meaning the 2gib max ram
atoms draw about 20% less power than a 8GiB max core2duo that supports
unbuffered ecc. useless.)
I've got a bunch of OpenBSD paranoids who want OpenBSD (which isn't
paravirtualized because Theo doesn't like the security tradeoffs, and
I personally don't sell full virtualization becuase *I* don't like
the security, performance and stability tradeoffs.) These look like they
might be a good solution.
These would also be good for things like kerberos servers.
(I mean, I don't think the co-lo would like me wiring up a thermite charge
to the chassis intrusion detection switch, but just keeping the kerberos
db on a ramdisk or an encrypted disk that requires me to verify the hardware
before inputing a key is probably good enough)
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