Acer Ships AC100 Micro Server for SMB Market
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Acer America has announced a new commercial offering -- the Acer AC100 micro-server, an off-the-shelf appliance designed for ease of installation and maintenance. In a prepared statement, Acer said the Acer AC100 delivers the latest server-class features and utilities in a compact form factor to suit the needs of small and medium businesses.
With an easy-to-configure micro-tower enabling quick upgrades, the new Acer AC100 reduces the time and costs associated with maintenance and also provides expandability, according to the company. In addition to Energy Star certification, it boasts a high-efficiency 200W 80 PLUS power supply, reducing electricity use and bills.
The AC100 is powered by an Intel Xeon E3-1200, Intel Core i3 or Pentium series processor and can house up to 8-TB of RAID storage and 16-GB memory to provide data security and house large workloads efficiently. The AC100 can also be expanded to meet the needs of a growing business with four 3.5-inch hot-pluggable hard drive bays, six USB ports, one PCIe x8 slot as well as video and eSATA ports.
"We're committed to helping organizations succeed by providing systems that are easy to set up, use and maintain without taking up a lot of space," said Michael O'Beirne, Acer senior director, commercial product marketing. "The AC100 provides plenty of power, security and expansion without requiring dedicated IT resources, which can be imperative for a small business. Plus, we assure superior technical service from North American call centers, so our customers can focus on what they do best, their core business."
AC100 SMB Server Security and Configuration Options
The AC100's included server-class reliability, pre-configured RAID 0, 1, 10 and 5 modes and automatic backup capabilities protect critical data and enable secure remote access from the web. ECC memory protects the system from data corruption by detecting and correcting single bit errors on the fly, critical for financial and scientific computing. In addition, an integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller transmits files quickly and safely.
The AC100 micro-server can be configured with a variety of operating systems, including Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. Acer Dashboard and Acer ITSmart boast helpful utilities such as Server Health Monitoring to ensure operations are functioning effectively.
"Select configurations come with Intel vPro Management, which is a set of security and manageability capabilities to protect sensitive information as well as to streamline office operations and increase employee productivity. The server also has Client PC Power Saving, Printer Sharing and Fax Notification as well as pad and Kensington lock slots to deter theft," said Acer.
The Acer AC100 server is available now via resellers in the U.S. with a MSRP starting at $999 when configured with an Intel Xeon E3-1260L processor. The AC100 micro-server comes with a one-year warranty and customers can also choose from extended warranties and services.