[Samba] Samba embedded device?

Sven Schwedas sven.schwedas at tao.at
Thu Dec 4 01:19:37 MST 2014

On 2014-12-04 08:55, George wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 2:26 AM, Gregory Sloop <gregs at sloop.net> wrote:
>>  I love the idea of a low-power high-performance appliance. A NAS will
>> work fine for storage, but it's not going to act as a DC etc. [At least
>> none that I'm aware of and would trust.]
>> Even appliances sorta like this, that I've seen, are easily five times the
>> price.
> Howcome no one has though of this before?? What is the "Samba equivalent",
> as the Alix 2D3 is for SOHO routers?? There's a market gap right there...

Tbh, you might get away with using PCEngines' APU boards (the successor
to their Alix boards with a massively upgraded CPU) if individual
machines don't need RAID (because everything is replicated anyway).

> Or maybe I am the one who thinks this way?

HP used to have their MicroServer line, but it didn't get updates in
years, and I'm unaware of any serious competition – the market is
swamped with NAS with dubious firmware promises…

Privately, I've built a few "Samba appliances" for home use, but compact
PC cases with hotswap bays are absurdly expensive; even more if you want
something like ECC on a passively cooled ITX board. And trying to get
warranty (or even spare parts) after more than a year or two is
downright impossible.

At work we use Dell's PowerEdge R210 servers. Comparably cheap for rack
servers (…if you fit your own HDDs/RAM), and low power consumption. So
far I can't complain, although they're barely faster than Optiplexes,
and harder to repair if you want to do it on your own instead of relying
on Dell's support.

> Still, thanks for your advice! You are right, so far Optiplexes or similar
> pretty much fulfill all the requirementes I mentioned before: they are
> cheap, good looking, silent and with some care also pretty reliable.

New Optiplexes are rather cheap as well, and Dell's warranty service is
quite good in my experience, even for $400 desktops.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen, / Best Regards,
Sven Schwedas
TAO Beratungs- und Management GmbH | Lendplatz 45 | A - 8020 Graz
Mail/XMPP: sven.schwedas at tao.at | +43 (0)680 301 7167

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