I am looking at replacing a few virtual machines with low-power computers. With an increasing number of critical systems now depending on the computer (phones, television, security and soon, automation), it's undesirable to have a single point of failure. While I have backups, a failure would leave a bit of a mess to clean up.
In the past I used the excellent PC Engines ALIX boards. These have been replaced by the APU and APU2, which are priced around $US100 (including RAM). This hardware however does seem a little dated compared to the similarly-priced UP and ODROID H2. Does anyone have any recommendations for other x86 boards which are similarly priced? I require amd64 and some form of SATA/mPCIe.
These will mostly be shifting data around... phone and TV systems being the most urgent requirements.
The Raspberry Pi is not considered a viable option due to software support, and the Atomic Pi has no guarantee of future availability.