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Looking for small blade server or miniITX chassis

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January 21, 2010 2:15:50 AM

At work we're looking to have a bunch of small, low power systems for things like a DMZ mail router, a network monitoring system, etc. They need to be separate systems, not VM'ed (we already run these things inside our network on VMs) as we want them to be isolated and independent. We thought a small 4U blade server with 10-12 blades would be great, or miniITX. Has to be able to run Linux. If it's a miniITX system, it has to have built-in power - no "wall warts" (my boss hates them).

All the blade servers out there are many tens of thousands, use tons of power, have many features, and we certainly don't need that. A simple mini-blade with miniITX boards would be perfect, but I've been unable to find such a thing. Any suggestions?
January 21, 2010 10:04:58 AM

Take a look at the Supermicro SuperServer 5015A and SuperMicro 5035A Intel Atom based 1U servers, sound perfect for your needs.
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January 26, 2010 8:35:24 AM

For physicalization beside blades, I'm like the look of those if you're looking for a DIY solution to support by yourself. 1U 2x mini-ITX, 2x flexATX PSU
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February 12, 2010 2:58:11 PM

ASUS Ion-- tiny, router sized chassis, comes with HD and 512MB for $200 ea. I added a Linksys 10/100 USB NIC and it makes a perfect low-energy firewall host.
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June 10, 2011 12:01:30 PM

wuzy said:
For physicalization beside blades, I'm like the look of those if you're looking for a DIY solution to support by yourself. 1U 2x mini-ITX, 2x flexATX PSU
I like this solution , but 1,5U and the best

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