Now for something a little bit different… Many of you home lab enthusiasts such as myself will be familiar with the HP MicroServer, far from being a small powerhouse of a box it does offer great value and is ideal for small virtualization lab environments. I’m currently running two of the earlier N36L based MicroServer models and using a Linksys Smart-Switch and an EMC VNX Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) running on the internal storage to create an effective vSphere lab set-up.
I’ve just bought some extra memory to take one of them up to 16GB, this will definitely allow for more VMs to be run. The CPU is sometimes thought of as being a bottleneck in the MicroServers though in my experience, despite the relative low speeds of the CPU, I never find this to be an issue, unless I am running heavy workloads or decide to start all the VMs up at once.
Anyway.. back to what this blog post was originally supposed to be about. The folks over at ServersPlus have come up with something a little different, and that is … an HP Proliant MicroServer cooler bag! Definitely not something I have heard of or seen before, but it certainly has “Geek Appeal” which is why I thought it worth a mention.
To get your hands on one of these funky little cooler bags all you have to do is buy an MicroServer or MicroServer Bundle from ServersPlus They have a limited number of cooler bags so if you want one then you may want to get in quick. Also, as they only deliver in the UK and parts of Europe some of you may have difficulty. Though, the good news is that there is another way to get your hands on one….
I have a brand new, unopened, HP MicroServer Cooler Bag to give away to a lucky TechHead reader – it doesn’t matter where in the world you are (I will post it to you). More good news – not only is a MicroServer cooler bag up for grabs, but the winner will also get an EMC Goody Pack, including a t-shirt (size: large), a useful book of EMC branded post-it notes, an LED torch for your key ring and a 2GB EMC Symmetrix USB pen drive (very cool).
To go into the draw to win, all you have to do is email me the correct answer to the following question.
The winner will be announced on Friday 17th August 2012. Use the form below to provide your answer and contact details – good luck!