The HP ProLiant MicroServer is a general purpose server that provides a platform to organize and safeguard business information, allow effective communication with customers and make the most of existing office equipment and resources.
I was in need of a fast and reliable file server with built in web server. Having investigated various NAS solutions, I decided that a full blown server would be the best option in terms of support, performance, scalability and future proofing.
I chose the HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L partly because I like HP hardware and partially because of the £100 cashback offer. I've always liked HP hardware as they offer a good hardware specification using high quality parts at a very reasonable price.
All of this at a very reasonable £200 and minus the £100 cashback makes this a bargin!
The particular version of the N40L MicroServer I bought was OS free which means that I can install Linux without paying for a Windows licence.
I've installed Ubuntu Server on the N40L MicroServer and setup Linux Raid10 to look after the four 2TB hard drives with Apache, PHP and MySql to handle the web based R&D. If you want to see more on how to setup and configure Linux you can see mu Linux tutorials.
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