HP Helps SMBs Switch From P2P to Server-Based Network

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 19, 2010

In an article on Small Business Computing, the HP Proliant Microserver is reviewed. This offering by HP is a compact entry-level small business server that offers many of the same features common in larger tower-sized models. HP expects this will help small businesses switch from a P2P to a server-based network. Many small businesses choose to forgo a network server due to lack of money or because they do not feel a server is necessary at first.

Proliant Microserver is a compact entry-level small business server.

"At first glance, the ProLiant Microserver somewhat resembles HP's MediaSmart family of consumer-focused, and similarly pint-sized, Windows Home Server products, though the Microserver small business server uses different underlying hardware. The MicroServer's 'Ultra Micro Tower' metal case measures a scant 10.5 x 10.2 x 8.3 (W x H x D), making it a good deal smaller than the typical desktop PC. The MicroServer also runs very quietly -- HP cites a noise level of 22 dBA -- and emits little heat, so it can be put pretty much anywhere in an office you might put a PC. The sound coming from our MicroServer's internal fan was so hushed that we had to feel for airflow to verify it was actually working, and that air barely felt above room temperature. By comparison, the fan noise from a nearby compact PC -- by coincidence, also an HP-- was quite noticeable."

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