Obviously, we are in favor of Mac minis being used as servers. Here is a list of some of the reasons we feel this way.
- Compared to an XServe, the Mac mini is very inexpensive hardware. You can get started with just $600 for a new one. (Or grab a nice used one for around $400.)
- In a data center, one is basically paying for space.Because a Mac mini is smaller than an XServe, you’re able to find much less expensive colocation. We start our colocation at just $35.
- When you do consulting, offering a dedicated server to each client is a great selling point. This way, they know their data is safe and they have access to the full resources of a server. With XServes, this used to be an expensive offer. But with the Mac mini, it’s no problem at all.
- Mac minis make load balancing easy. If you need to handle big loads of traffic, you can use DNS based load balancing. This will allow different requests to be sent to different machines. Not only does this make sure everyone has the speed they need. But this also allows for seamless transition in case of a hardware problem. If one machine goes out, no big deal. The end users won’t even notice.
- The Mac mini comes with four USB ports and one Firewire port. This means you can add just about as much hard drive space as you’ll ever need.
The list can go on and on…