[CentOS] appliance to embed Centos

Wed Dec 29 07:27:23 UTC 2010
Nataraj <incoming-centos at rjl.com>

On 12/28/2010 10:32 PM, Eero Volotinen wrote:
> 2010/12/29 Nataraj <incoming-centos at rjl.com>:
>> On 12/28/2010 09:04 PM, Eero Volotinen wrote:
>>> 2010/12/29 John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>:
>>>> On 12/28/10 1:55 PM, Nataraj wrote:
>>>>> - fast enough to do openvpn encryption on WAN links ranging from 50mb
>>>>> to 100mb
>>>> THAT is a tough requirement.
>>>> I was going to recommend the Alix boards.  they run pfSense really
>>>> nicely, and should be able to run a stripped down centos install OK.
>>>> with pfSense, you can boot from a CF card, so no HD at all.
>>>> The Alix cards use a 433-500Mhz AMD Geode ultra-low power processor, on
>>>> a 6x6 card.  they use 5 watts fully configured.
>>>> but, 100Mbit/sec SSL encryption, ouch.    don't know.   you'd probably
>>>> have to benchmark that.
>>> you need hardware encryption hardware or core2duo like processor ..
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>> Then the Mac mini might be what I need performancewise.  I am also
>> considering Dell R210's as I would really like an enterprise solution.
>> Anyone have any experience with Habey?
>> http://www.habeyusa.com/products.php?id=125#Menu=ChildMenu124 They have
>> a wide selection of barebones Intel Atoms, including the 1.8Ghz  Intel
>> D525's as well as Pentium 4's with broadcom ethernets and systems with
>> up to 6 ethernets.  My sense is that I will still use some of these
>> systems for firewall and management functions (i.e. firewalling Dell
>> IDRAC6 cards) even if the encryption for the vpn has to run on a faster
>> box.  50MB would probably be adequate.
> take a look at: http://www.mini-itx.com/store/ and
> http://www.mini-itx.com/store/?c=40
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Yes, that site kept coming up in my google searches. They are in the UK,
but they do have quite a large selection and they are all custom
configurable.  Unfortunately, their celeron system, with shipping to the
US cost me, $700 as much as a Mac Mini with a core 2 Duo and there are
better service options for the Mac Mini in the US, though the Celeron is
an industrial rackmount solution.   I wouldn't really call the Mac Mini
an Enterprise solution.

For $650 I could get a basic Dell R210 with an X3430 2.4Ghz dual core
Xeon.  For $500 I could get the R210 with a Celeron.  I guess Dell wins
on this one.  I suppose one real advantage of these small embedded
appliances, if they are fast enough for the application, is very low
power consumption.  I like that for my home firewall.  Another advantage
is they are easy to ship around.