[olug] Tiny rack-mount chassis

Obi-Wan obiwan at jedi.com
Fri Jan 10 21:31:57 UTC 2014

My 1st-gen HP DL360 server (Sam knows about this) that I'm using for my 
home firewall is starting to get a little long in the tooth.  It still 
runs perfectly, but it lost one of the mirrored drives this morning, and 
I plugged in my last spare.  The build date on that drive was 2001.  
Replacement drives are cost prohibitive, so I'll be replacing the entire 
chassis before I lose my last drives.

This server runs PPPoE to terminate my DSL connection, iptables 
firewall, mail server, incoming web/SSL proxy, DNS, and DHCP servers.  
It's a pretty light load, and even for that ancient box. I certainly 
don't need much horsepower for this box.  I do want extreme 
reliability.  Mirrored drives are a must, and dual power supplies might 
be nice.  Dual cooling fans are probably wise.  None of that needs to be 
hot-swap, though.  I need two ethernet ports (preferably GigE, and 3 
would be nice just in case).  I'd also like the chassis to be quite 
small so that it can hang in a telco rack when I move next year.  I'd 
like it to be really low power so that it'll run forever off my UPS when 

Any suggestions on the hardware and/or case I should use for this? I'm 
usually shopping at the other end of the horsepower spectrum. There's 
got to be chassis out there that are way smaller than the standard 
rack-mount server, but can still run a standard linux distro with some 

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