HP ProLiant MicroServer review

£263
Price when reviewed

As you’d expect, it’s cramped inside. The only way to access the pair of PCI-E slots and memory sockets is to release the motherboard in the base and slowly slide it forward, unplugging the various interface and power cables as they become exposed. It takes time, but your patience will be rewarded.

The embedded AMD processor may not be overly powerful, but its TDP of 12W keeps consumption right down. We measured the review system drawing a mere 22W with Foundation in idle, which rose to only 31W with SiSoft Sandra pushing the processor to the max.

The MicroServer is also very quiet. A single 12cm diameter fan looks after chassis and hard disk cooling, and this could only be heard by getting close to the back of the server.

HP ProLiant MicroServer

Another feature that sets the MicroServer apart from a standard desktop is HP’s optional Remote Access Card (RAC). Costing £55 exc VAT, it slots into the x1 PCI-E slot and provides a dedicated network port for remotely managing and monitoring the server.

Once it’s installed, a new IPMI option appears in the BIOS menu, where you can assign a fixed IP address to the card or leave DHCP to hand one out to it. In terms of features, we put the RAC in between HPÕs entry-level Lights Out 100i and its top-end iLO3.

The web interface provides details on fan speeds and temperatures, plus the ability to power the server on and off or reset it remotely. Platform event filters can be used to assign actions to specific events, so if the fans fail or temperatures rise the server can be automatically powered down, reset or rebooted.

Two features that make the RAC great value are KVM-over-IP remote control and virtual media services. The former provides full remote access to the BIOS menu and OS, while the latter allows you to present devices such as optical drives over the network for the server to use.

The MicroServer is definitely worth considering as a first server since it’s good value, small, quiet, has decent storage potential and can be remotely managed. It’s short on performance and upgrades will be time-consuming, so if you want more processing power and easier internal access then consider Dell’s PowerEdge T110, although this costs at least twice as much.

Ratings

Physical

Server formatDesktop
Server configurationDesktop chassis

Processor

CPU familyAMD Athlon
CPU nominal frequency1.30GHz
Processors supplied1
CPU socket count1

Memory

RAM capacity8GB
Memory typeDDR3

Storage

Hard disk configuration250GB Seagate Barracuda SATA hard disk in cold-swap carrier
Total hard disk capacity250GB
RAID moduleembedded AMD SATA RAID controller
RAID levels supported0, 1, JBOD

Networking

Gigabit LAN ports1

Noise and power

Idle power consumption22W
Peak power consumption31W

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