HP Proliant Microserver Dual Core 4-Bay NAS/Home Server £134.90 @ ServersDirect - HotUKDeals
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Please note that this is after HP's £100 cash-back offer, which is only valid until 31/12/2010 (See http://h41112.www4.hp.com/promo/proliantmicroserver/index.html?jumpid=ex_r135_uk/en/smb/tsg/go_proli for details)

This is probably the best nas for the money hot swapable drives NDB warranty (NO OS) has built in video and less than 21db when running.

Specifications

Product Description
HP ProLiant MicroServer Dual Core 1.3Ghz AMD Athlon II
Type Server
Memory 1GB (1x1GB) UDIMM
Controller Embedded SATA
Gigabit NIC Embedded NIC Embedded NIC
Hard Drives Pluggable 1 x 160GB Included
Optical None

When voting cold please say why and give others the benefit of your knowledge.

Price amended (thanks midiman)
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#1
Looks like something is wrong with their description:

Number of hard drives supported 1
#2
Mmm interesting, what are the pros and cons of this when compared to say a Netgear Readynas Duo?

I don't know enough. Thanks ;o)
#3
well this is 4 bay, duo is 2. Not seen a review but HP stuff is normally decent. Also not sure whether you'd get all the nice addons you can get for the readynas (itunes streaming/bittorrent/usenet etc etc). Readynas is smaller and very quiet more suitable for home use.
#4
Sounds pretty cool for the money http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/09/08/hp-proliant-microserver-hints-windows-server-aurora/

not really comparable with the readynas, as its a server.
#5
Doesn't support RAID5
#6
Could you not install a version of linux with media serving and usenet?

I have a readynas but am finding it too fussy with hard drives, and really need more than 2 bays, so maybe this is a better option.
#7
good price, not quite up to the performance of the ML115 or ML110 G5 that were on offer the other year, but good for NAS servers, or a less powerfull ESX server

have a read of http://www.techhead.co.uk/hp-proliant-microserver-sub-100

and his other test of this server as a VMware server
http://www.techhead.co.uk/new-hp-proliant-microserver-a-decent-vsphere-lab-server-candidate
http://www.techhead.co.uk/running-vmware-vsphere-on-an-hp-microserver
http://www.techhead.co.uk/video-hp-proliant-microserver-hands-on-review
#8
Looks like a decent box for the price. RAID 0,1 and is capable of running Windows home server (or equiv). Memory upgradable to 8Gb and could have up to 8Tb storage RAID 0 or 4Tb storage RAID 1. Not sure why its gettign a cold reception . OP I think you need to amend the price as by the time you get the £100 cash back it works out at £134.96 (you dont get the VAT back). Still a damm good price.
#9
Eek ESX and VMware... What are they then? Had a quick google and not at all clear.
#10
ought
Could you not install a version of linux with media serving and usenet?

I have a readynas but am finding it too fussy with hard drives, and really need more than 2 bays, so maybe this is a better option.


Yes
#11
ought
Could you not install a version of linux with media serving and usenet?

I have a readynas but am finding it too fussy with hard drives, and really need more than 2 bays, so maybe this is a better option.


fussy with hard drives?
#12
ought
Eek ESX and VMware... What are they then? Had a quick google and not at all clear.


These are products that let you virtulise desktops and servers, not being funny, but they are not aimed at the home user, although if you install and get them working properly they are very useful. Before any flamers have a go, as a VMware VCP2,3,4 I feel I am qualified to comment.
#13
At A Glance
Processor:
AMD Athlon™ II NEO N36L
AMD RS785E/SB820M chipset
Memory:
Two (2) DIMM slots
1GB (1x1GB) Standard/8GB Maximum, using PC3-10600E DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC memory, operating at max. 800MHz
Storage Controller:
Embedded AMD SATA controller with RAID 0, 1
Embedded AMD eSATA controller
Storage Drive Support:
4 Internal HDD Support
Maximum internal SATA storage capacity of up to 8.0TB (4 x 2TB 3.5" SATA drives)
Network Controller:
Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter
Expansion Slots:
Slot 1: PCI-Express Gen 2 x16 connector with x16 link
Slot 2: PCI-Express Gen 2 x1 connector with x1 Link
Slot 2-2: PCI-Express x4 slot for optional management card
USB 2.0 Ports:
Seven (7) USB 2.0 ports: 4 front , 2 rear, 1 internal (for tape)
Power Supply:
150 Watts Non-Hot Plug, Non Redundant Power Supply
Management:
Optional MicroServer Remote Access Card
Operating System:
Supports Windows and Red Hat Linux
Form Factor:
Ultra Micro tower
#14
Drives are cold swapable, not hot!
#15
Ok, so no VMware for me perhaps. But if I wanted to use this to safely store photos, media serve and possibly download from usenet could I do that? And what would I need to install on it? Thanks again..!
#16
I left IT a while ago, i think ............
then hypervisors sat on the OS
Now Vsphere is a COLUD computimng suite connecting lots of different resources
Most of them sitting on ESX which is a hypervisor as operating system ?


ought
Eek ESX and VMware... What are they then? Had a quick google and not at all clear.

FROm - http://www.techhead.co.uk/new-hp-proliant-microserver-a-decent-vsphere-lab-server-candidate
But would it make a good VMware vSphere lab server?

Once again, it depends… From the specifications provided by HP, it would probably not make for a good vSphere lab server in most instances though it really comes down to what virtualized workloads you want to run on the MicroServer. For 4-5 average VMs not doing anything too heavy then you’ll probably find that it will be ok (small print: I haven’t tried one of these servers yet so this is just speculation on my part based on the hardware specification of the MicroServer) assuming you are running 4-8GB of memory and perhaps running the VMs off of attached NFS or iSCSI storage.



COCO
#18
It's £222 at BT Business Direct:
http://www.businessdirect.bt.com/products/hp-proliant-microserver-n36l-1p-1gb-u-int-sata-75GB.html

After the trouble I had ordering a pair of HP monitors from IT247 a few years ago I'd rather pay the tenner extra to not have to deal with them ever again.

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