Beyond Blades: Tiny Web Servers

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The Tzychen blog has an interesting post on unusual web servers, including many novelty micro-servers that make blade servers look like heavyweights. I shudder to think how many of these you could pack into a rack or cabinet.

If you’re concerned about powering miniature servers, you can use potato power. Some years back Frederic White decided to see whether an online joke page about a potato-powered server could be translated into real-world working technology. White created the World’s Lowest Power Web Server, running on a single AAA battery and a bank of potatoes. Yes, there’s documentation.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.