[svlug] Hardware for a new server

Ivan Sergio Borgonovo mail at webthatworks.it
Fri Feb 8 12:06:51 PST 2013

On Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:48:50 -0800
Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> And I imagine RAM address capacities of over 2GB are at least possible
> in theory, given that the ARM family went 64bit starting with ARMv8,
> but I still keep seeing ARM devices otherwise suitable for a
> low-power small server topping out at 64MB, 256MB, 1G, or at most 2GB.

There are 2 main problems with ARM:
- the HW you're going to build for a server is not yet commodity
  hardware, you can't still swap/replace/exchange parts and you still
  have to do some tuning that makes moving config around different HW
- support from major distros is not yet mature.
- prices are not at a point where you buy 2 of everything just in case

The cost of power saved using an ARM based solution compared to any
more traditional sane choice based on x86 doesn't seem to be worth the

It won't take long but we aren't there yet.

Ivan Sergio Borgonovo

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