Ive currently got a HP ML150 G3 with 6 gigs of ram and a couple of terabytes of storage running various bits and pieces on VMWare ESXi. Its a nice machine but a bit noisy humming away 24/7 in my home office. The HP Proliant Microserver would make an excellent replacement with HP reliability and a home office friendly demeanor.
Come on guys this is Geekzone - it scares me how many of us do not have decent storage or backup for our valuable files!
Good on HP for giving this away - sadly neither distributor has these machines in stock in New Zealand at the moment but when they are in stock they have a street price of around $600 ex GST with 2 x HDD
A bit of additional RAM, a Linux distribution or Windows Home Server plus some time and some form of removeable backup and this makes a reasonable Home based server at a reasonable cost.
I would like this server to replace my current server. It's a intel se7505vb2, dual 3.06ghz xeon HT cpu's with 3gb of ram, a 8-bay sata hotswap drive cage, 3ware 9550sxu(12ML) raid controller loaded with 6 1tb enterprise edition sata drives in R5.
Why do I need this new server? Current one rivals vacuum cleaners and is a bit slow due to pc2100 ecc, reg ddrram.
I would sell the server and donate all funds to the chch earthquake recovery efforts :)
Well, I'm in a new house, the wirings shot, the story of obtaining broadband is a tired one, the laptop battery is no more, the desktop has all but given up the ghost and watching a film now entails moving everything from upstairs to downstairs on account of there being no decent TV signal.
A HP Proliant Microserver would be an amazing thing, something to build my idea of a networked house with, kill the pain of my I.T days and nights and give me just one day where some of it, even just a little bit works.
Currently I don't have one but I would like to upgrade my hardware skills and I would like a more powerful PC tohandle the heavy-duty data conversions that my job entails. So, here goes for my chance to win :)
Love my current HTPC, wrapped up in a Wavemaster case, which also doubles as my file server. But I've used all the SATA ports. Too much going on in there, so this little HP box would be nice, would swap out all my existing storage.