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05 April 2005 @ 12:38 pm
Hardware geeking ahead  
So, I want to co-locate my server officially. I can park a 1U locally with 1Mbit up and down, unlimited usage of that megabit, UPS, free reboots, 24/7 access, for $55 a month.

I want to up the reliability further by getting an ITX motherboard & 1U case designed for it, and do a mirrored drive. I've been impressed with my ITX suitcase's low power consumption and low heat (and low noise, but that isn't such a big deal for a co-lo).

I can buy a Travla C146 1U case locally. Stats: http://206.14.132.88/products/Travla/c146/C146.html

Does this seem reasonable? Any geeks want to give me input before I start buying parts? Thanks.
 
 
 
Hein: azumangafub on April 5th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
It all depends. Yes, the VIA mini-ITX mobos and the associated EPIA and C3 CPUs consume a lot less power -- but they're also a lot less powerfull than the Pentium4 and Athlons.
Are you charged for the power consumption? What do you want to run on that machine?
ashi: arrrr!ashi on April 5th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
Not charged for power... but I figure running cooler would probably make it less likely to melt down. :)

Web and email serving, a few centericq users, one irssi user, sshd, and a bittorrent tracker. Pine for email, planning to add Squirrelmail for web email access. I currently use a 900MHz AMD Duron with 512 megs of ram, and I seldom come close to maxing out CPU or memory on it. The occasional compile is the most system-intensive thing I do with it.

I was thinking of putting in two 250 gig Maxtor drives.
Nikithespatula on April 5th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
mmm squirrelmail....

Hein: flex brain!fub on April 5th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
I figure running cooler would probably make it less likely to melt down.
Beh, just put in a fan with a high airflow. Who cares that it's noisy? :)

I currently use a 900MHz AMD Duron with 512 megs of ram, and I seldom come close to maxing out CPU or memory on it.
Well, the Mini-ITX boards are actually pretty cheap, if you consider that you get a highly-integrated motherboard plus processor.
Still, a cheap Asrock mobo plus cheap Sempron will probably be just a bit cheaper.
Blessed Holocaust of Tolerance7leaguebootdisk on April 5th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Or two micro atx systems in that form factor.....

One thing about the VIA systems, if you can make ssh use the hardware crypto (given how the OpenBSD people like them, I expect you can), you can do ssh with no cpu load.
Hein: flex brain!fub on April 6th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
That would, indeed, be a cool added bonus of the mini-ITX system. Judging from this page, you can use the Padlock suite under Linux with openSSL and openSSH. Apparently this speeds things up considerably. If you're doing lots of secure file transfers, that's definately a plus.