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What's the cheapest efficient way to run a file server, webserver?

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So I have around £210 notes to spend for christmas I was thinking I like messing with computers, websites and was wondering what would be the cheapest way to achieve this. What I want is a large st… Read More
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
So I have around £210 notes to spend for christmas I was thinking I like messing with computers, websites and was wondering what would be the cheapest way to achieve this.

What I want is a large storage small factor computer to run silent and power efficient 24/7 always on with still enough umph to do its job and not let me down.

Option 1 Hard drive connected to a raspberry pi.

Option 2 - Microserver

Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) https://www.mydlink.com/apps
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
option 1 is a winner.

It's a great gateway to learn a bit of Python.

One of mine is set up as a webserver/torrent box, the other is a dedicated XBMC box.

The power consumption on a pi is around £5 per year!
#2
Yes I have one for my daughter as an xbmc and its great. Odroid seem even better but a little expensive shipping etc

What platform do you use to run the webserver?
#3
Option 2 - Microserver
Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) https://www.mydlink.com/apps
#4
DNS-327L
philphil61

Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) https://www.mydlink.com/apps

Very interesting do these run wordpress sites?

Edited By: Dizy on Dec 08, 2014 14:22
#5
Dizy
DNS-327L
philphil61

Option 3 - cheaper alternative Dlink 320 DNS (circa £70 - £80 for 2Tb) https://www.mydlink.com/apps

Very interesting do these run wordpress sites?

Not sure but according to link I think yes

http://dlink.vtverdohleb.org.ua/Add-On/

I have a 320 DNS £35 approx + 2Tb Toshiba HD BNIB from auction house £37 approx + 1Tb HD removed from my PC (replaced HD with SSD) and it stores all my files and if fully accessible over LAN and externally - not tried to security side yet or other addons


Edited By: philphil61 on Dec 08, 2014 14:30
#6
I'd say HP Microserver as there's a obscene amount of server software available for the x86/64bit market. Are you planning on joining the Dark side:)
#7
Excellent I will have to look into these tonight hopefully extendable storage aswell
#8
Dizy
Excellent I will have to look into these tonight hopefully extendable storage aswell

The microserver has added benefits but didn't meet my tight budget - you said £200 approx and if I had that spare I'd have probably gone for a microserver.
#9
Depending on what the server is serving, a Raspberry Pi will be the most cost effective.
#10
microserver definitely. raspberry pi is under powered and limited. hp microserver is much more capable and self contained.
#11
stoney73
microserver definitely. raspberry pi is under powered and limited. hp microserver is much more capable and self contained.

Under powered for what exactly? I haven't hit a single limitation in nearly 2 years..
#12
What kind of load are you looking at for the website?
If its local and fairly basic then I would go with Option 1 otherwise Option 2 or get two RasPi's and have one for web (as long as its not high usage and complex) and one for files.
#13
What sort of wattage is a micro server compared to pi is it a big difference?
#14
Dizy
What sort of wattage is a micro server compared to pi is it a big difference?
About 25w to 45w for a microserver vs about 5w for a RasPi, less if its one of the newer models.
#15
joedastudd
Dizy
What sort of wattage is a micro server compared to pi is it a big difference?
About 25w to 45w for a microserver vs about 5w for a RasPi, less if its one of the newer models.
About 60-70 Watts for a Microserver but you can put 8 drives in that.

Edited By: kester76 on Dec 08, 2014 17:02
#16
•N36L 2x 1.30GHz (TDP 15W)
•N40L 2x 1.50GHz (TDP 15W)
•N54L 2x 2.20GHz (TDP 25W)
#17
The 3 different options all have their own advantages and disadvantages. I have 2 websites with a proper host one is Wordpress and one is vbulletin but I was going to drop the vb and just use the Wordpress site.
#18
kester76
I'd say HP Microserver as there's a obscene amount of server software available for the x86/64bit market. Are you planning on joining the Dark side:)

Been making website for a a few year ive had about £120 from adsesne in 3 year its not exactly breaking the bank but covers some of the hosting costs.
#19
adam_holcombe
stoney73
microserver definitely. raspberry pi is under powered and limited. hp microserver is much more capable and self contained.
Under powered for what exactly? I haven't hit a single limitation in nearly 2 years..

Not everyone wants to learn how to code or have to tinker with their devices to get it to function. Microserver is much more user friendly, and more capable. Also a heck of a lot neater.


Edited By: stoney73 on Dec 08, 2014 18:47
#20
They need to be neat if you have a women in the house :) there not happy about unsightly computers in corners!

Watts are good similar to a sky box really thats on 24/7 really decision decisions. Thanks for all the great answers here.

Edited By: Dizy on Dec 08, 2014 19:15
#21
Dizy
They need to be neat if you have a women in the house :) there not happy about unsightly computers in corners!

Watts are good similar to a sky box really thats on 24/7 really decision decisions. Thanks for all the great answers here.


yup, I'm under the same constraints. o/h has no patience for boxes with cables leading to yet more boxes and cables. Not everyone has a man cave to hide their gadgets lol.
#22
Decided on a HP G1610T 150W PS ProLiant Gen8 Micro Server but looks like I missed a good deal of £189 a few weeks ago so going to hold out for a good one coming up hopefully.
#23
Dizy
Decided on a HP G1610T 150W PS ProLiant Gen8 Micro Server but looks like I missed a good deal of £189 a few weeks ago so going to hold out for a good one coming up hopefully.
Good choice, plenty of power under the hood. Ivybridge motherboard with which you can swap the cpu out. Looks like it supports link aggregation out of the box. I'd recommend a low profile PCIe graphics card with HDMI out as this machine can do so much more.

Check out http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1377-page1.html

Remember that the HP G1610T can have its CPU upgraded to a Xeon E3-1265LV2 CPU

Edited By: kester76 on Dec 09, 2014 06:06
#24
stoney73
adam_holcombe
stoney73
microserver definitely. raspberry pi is under powered and limited. hp microserver is much more capable and self contained.
Under powered for what exactly? I haven't hit a single limitation in nearly 2 years..

Not everyone wants to learn how to code or have to tinker with their devices to get it to function. Microserver is much more user friendly, and more capable. Also a heck of a lot neater.


To get it to run as a webserver is remarkably easy..

Edited By: adam_holcombe on Dec 09, 2014 10:02: I replies within a quote.. fixed.
#25
Is this a decent price and the newest model? Just a double check before I make a big mistake.

Cheapest I can find is.
HP MicroSvr Gen8 G1610T Entry NHP EU Svr £198.00 inc shipping from senetic

http://www.senetic.co.uk/product/712317-421

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