Low Power box w/ Logging Capability (non-SSD) Recommendations

  • I am currently running a box at home on an ALIX 2D13 and loving it. I want to set something up at work, but with a little more kick. One of my requirements is for logging. RRD data, snort, etc.. I have been looking around at some low power units and I'm not really sure where to go.

    Would either of these be good picks?

    Intel D2500HN motherboard

    Can't seem to figure out which motherboard this uses, but it run an Intel Atom D2550

    I'd like to stay away from the embedded solutions, since I really need logging capabilities.

    If you can recommend anything else, I'm open to suggestions. I'd like to keep the price no more than ~$700 and the two units above seem like a right fit, but I just want to be 100% sure. I'd lean more towards the Mini-Box.

    Thanks in advance!

  • I have a number of those "OEM production" units in service for some time, and they work great for me.  Not sure why you want to stay away from SSD.  I think the reliability issues have been solved. so mine are using SSD with TRIM enabled.  Would have preferred intel LAN chips, but the broadcom NICs are reportedly pretty solid too; they have been for me.

    The other system you linked to has only one built-in LAN port, so you need to budget for another card unless you are using VLANs.