Dedicated Hosting Services on ARM Development Boards (Cubieboard2, Raspberry Pi, ODROID…)

At least two companies have recently launched hosting services using dedicated ARM servers based on low cost development boards: NanoXion with its NX-BOX service powered by PiBox (Raspberry Pi) and CubieBox (Cubieboard 2) microservers, and miniNodes with servers based on Cubieboard2 first, then ODROID development boards, and possibly AllWinner OptimusBoard once/if it becomes available.

PiBox Dedicated Server
PiBox Dedicated Server

The PiBox will feature a Raspberry Pi Model B with 512 MB RAM, and 16GB Class 10 UHS-1 microSD card by Samsung, and the dual core Cubiebox comes with 1GB RAM and a Crucial M500 SATA III 120GB SSD. Both NX-BOXes run Linux Debian Server NX distribution, support instant remote reboot, with guaranteed 10 Mbps connectivity for IPv4 & IPv6, and unlimited bandwidth. The boards are all hosted in France.

The company expects their ARM servers to be used as private cloud servers, backup servers, private chat servers, web servers, mail servers, DNS Servers, monitoring servers, and well as some other proprietary solutions their customers may come up with.

Pricing starts at 7.19 Euros per month for the PiBox, 11.18 Euros per month for the Cubiebox, including an IPv6 address, and the service requires a commitment of one year.

miniNodes, which is US based, has just started yesterday to offer Cubieboard2 dedicated server for early adopters and enthusiasts. Cubieboard 2 features a dual core AllWinner A20 SoC @1.0 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, and 4 GB NAND that runs Ubuntu Server 13.04. There does not appear to have any external storage in their microservers at this stage, and bandwidth information is not available. The only option is currently hosting costs $19 US per month, but once they officially launch they’ll offer options to purchase clusters with up to 25 Cubieboard2 and more choices for the OS (Ubuntu or Fedora). If everything goes according to plan quad core hardkernel ODROID boards will be added to the line-up soon, and Allwinner Optimus Board powered by AllWinner A80 octa-core processor might also be considered.

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Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

I really do not see the point.

VServers are much more flexible than any of these hacked together solutions and for any real use, the ARMs are too slow and lack RAM.

Now, if someone put a dozen or so NUCs into 1U, that might actually be useful. But a bitch to cool.

Marius
6 years ago

I’ve set up a Cubieboard with Linux and it’s damn slow, not really useful for anything serious.

onebir
onebir
6 years ago

Existing Raspi choices:
http://www.lemmster.de/blog/index.php/2013/06/15/1262
(details a bit out of date)

Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

If you only serve static HTML pages, you really do not need a dedicated machine, not even a VPS.

(I used to do webhosting, it’s quite impressive what you can do with static sites on a properly configured machine – if you have the bandwidth)

miniNodes
6 years ago

Hi all, thanks for the feedback and comments, its useful and helps us understand what our customers need, so that we can build better products / solutions. We certainly agree that in their current form, these servers are only really useful to a select crowd and for niche uses such as caching, failover and backup protection, custom services, DNS, testing code on ARM, simple hosting, etc. Essentially, not everyone needs massive horsepower, and we hope to fill a void in the marketplace. But, with that said, ARM microservers are an emerging technology with a bright future in front of them,… Read more »

TriDeck
TriDeck
6 years ago

Much more affordable http://raspberrycolocation.com/ 3€ per month, they are in Netherlands: 100 Mbit uplink, 500 GB traffic (IPv4 & IPv6).

Marius
6 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) Indeed for the raspberry I used a SD card which might explain why it’s so slow but for the Cubieboard 1 I’m using a USB external drive and I want to switch to SATA. Indeed for static web pages and stuff like that maybe the Cubieboard 2 will do especially since it has SATA but we’re not quite there yet. Indeed as miniNodes says with recent developments ARM is finally ready for servers and I’d like a A1100 mini server very much. The minimal ARM SOC I’d consider using as server is an A15 quad core. I… Read more »

Noloqoq
Noloqoq
6 years ago

@Marius
Cubieboard2 just works fine for lot of tasks as desktop, no problem to serving dynamic php site (with not too much audiance.

This announce and system really looks like nanoxion (announced on cubieboard site one month ago :

http://cubieboard.org/2014/02/18/cubieboard-colocation-service-named-cubiebox-first-launched-in-france/

Marius
6 years ago

@Noloqoq
I’m not saying that it doesn’t , even the Cubie 1 is OK for certain things. I’m just saying I’d feel more comfortable with a quad core A15 for server duties.
The only true ARM server SOCs however are the new 64bit ones like the one from AMD, those have SATA, pci-express, ECC and the works.
Of course even a Raspberry Pi is OK for certain limited sever duties.

Sander
Sander
6 years ago

@TriDeck The 3€ per month is only for *hosting* your own Raspi, which you have to send to them (including your sdcard, housing, etc). You can buy the raspi at them for € 62,50. With a deprecation time of 24 months (thus 62/24=2.60 Euro), the total montly price is about € 5.60 per month. From a beancounter’s point of view, you will need a NPV calculation. With a WACC of 8%, only a montly depreciation (and thus payment) of 5.90 Euro will result in an upfront value of 62 Euro for the needed hardware. And thus 3 Euro + 5.90… Read more »

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