Date: June 15th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: VIA
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VIA M’SERV S2100 MINI HOME SERVER INTRODUCTION
One of the many benefits of technological advancement is that things get smaller. We are now able to enjoy netbooks and nettops, computers that require significantly less space and power than their larger siblings. They have proven to be popular amongst travelers as well as consumers wanting technology with a small footprint. Another product beginning to find its way into homes is the server. Most of us envision servers as huge, loud, and expensive, but servers like that are for datacenters and large corporations. For the home or small business there are quiet, affordable server solutions that provide backup operations and network surveillance, and you have the freedom to run your choice of operating system and configure it however you like.
Today I'll be checking out the M'Serv S2100 Mini Server from VIA. You probably know VIA as a manufacturer of processors and chipsets, and now they've expanded into the home server market. Let's take this little product for a spin and see what it can do. Review continues on page 2 at the bottom of the page.
VIA CORPORATE PROFILE
VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards.
Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs and system integrators. VIA is registered on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE 2388).
VIA offers the richest blend of silicon solutions from a single vendor, supporting the full spectrum of x86 technologies from the highest bandwidth I/O to the greatest resolution displays, and from the highest bit-rate audio to the most power efficient, smallest and lowest profile processors. VIA also designs complete, highly integrated and ultra compact platforms featuring VIA silicon building blocks, the VIA EPIA series of Mini-ITX, Nano-ITX and Pico-ITX mainboards.