HP Microserver Gen8 – Your Personal and Small Business Server


Over the last week, I have been working with the HP Proliant Microserver Gen8. My goal is to provide my review of the HP Microserver. Although it looks like a small computer, the Microserver definitely gives a big bang for your buck. For this, I am convinced that this is the perfect server for both serious home users and small businesses as well.

HP Microserver for Small Business

According to many financial sites and magazines I have been reading small businesses are on the rise. With the lack of jobs in the corporate world, many ambitious individuals are moving toward entrepreneurship. For this particular reason, many of these small business more often than not will require some form of IT infrastructure even if it means having one server.

HP Microserver for Home Use

More homes are capturing digital media from their various devices like their computers, smartphones and tablets. One of my biggest personal challenges is to centrally place all this data in a secure and redundant, easy to use location. The Microserver was exactly what I was looking for. With Windows 2012, the Media Server option is a great way to share all this digital media. The noise output from the Microserver is very low for a server and similar to a PC. The server footprint is very small and could easily sit on top of a shelf or under a desk. (For the record:mine is sitting on top of my filing cabinet.

The Microserver ships with the following

  • Intel Celeron processor
  • Capability of Data Redundancy – Raid 1 or Raid 5
  • 2 network interface cards for redundancy
  • 1 vga port
  • DVD Drive
  • 6 USB Ports – 2 front facing and 4 on the back. This allows to connect an external USB drive for easy backup

HP Proliant Microserver-1cloudroad

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Good things come in small packages

The HP Microserver footprint is small and lightweight. These are the official HP Specs.

Feature Specifications
Dimensions (H x W x D) (with feet) 26.7 x 21.0 x 26.0 cm (10.5 x 8.3 x 10.2 in)
Weight (approximate)
Maximum (all hard drives, power supplies, and processors installed) 9.6 kg (21.16 lb)
Minimum (one hard drive, power supply, and processor installed) 5.98 kg (13.18 lb)

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Disclaimer: HP shipped a HP Microserver to 1CloudRoad.com HQ so we could review the server. We will also be holding a contest for our readers in the upcoming weeks.

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