Having ProLiant MicroServer in my home office will be a solid and cost effective platform for storing huge amount of data in a single box which makes very little noise while consuming very little energy the same time.
My "server" consists of a Wester Digital MyBook World 1TB NAS with a Western Digital 1GB Essentials USB drive as a backup. I also have a 2TB and 1TB Hitachi USB drives that I share when my laptop is on. I'd put the microserver in my workshop and clean up the mess. (Can't post a picture because I don't have enough posts?)
I have a desktop system that was once my primary PC. A laptop and iPad later and it has turned into a file server, effectively. This would give me a dedicated box to hold all my media and operate as a central hub for my home setup. If it fits in, it may even end up in my living room.
I'm not kidding, that's a HP Pentium II 500Mhz. This is a testament to HP reliability. Running Ubuntu 7.10, Samba, and Amanda. This baby handles our home businesses file server and backup server needs. Oh yes, space is a premium. Do we need to upgrade this with a current machine? Hell yes!
My current home server is a HP Pavilion laptop with two external drives hidden under the desk. The laptop has served me well over the past four years, no complaints. But I feel that the multitude of extra tasks I have given it is not fair.
- Also acts as HTPC, playing movies, tv shows and the occasional radio show. - FTP server, VNC server and all large batch jobs and code compiles. - While I'm at work I regulary login and queue more tasks. - The girlfriend plays TVNZ / TV 3 shows that she has missed. - Radio shows and podcasts are split and uploaded to our mobiles for listening on public transport. - Charging all USB capable gadgets.
If I was to win, the HP Proliant Microserver have four hard drives inserted into it at a great rate of knots and would take on all the server related tasks. While the official specs only appear to support Red Hat linux, I would likely have Debian running smoothly on this machine three hours after opening its box.
On the other hand, my HP Pavilion would have the honorable role of HTPC.