My good friends, any techies amongst you will realize that HP were doing something very impressive recently (and when i say recent i mean fro the last 3 years). They were making a MicroServer, complete with PSU, HDD, RAM and onboard CPU for less than £200… AND, on top of that, they had, what seemed like, a constant offer going to give you £100 cashback on this.
All this means that you were getting a fantastic little piece of kit for around the £98 mark, which all you had to add was an Operating System. Alas, the dream is over and HP has finally discontinued the reliable and brilliant N40L, to be replaced with the N54L, which for the sake of the number change, didnt change much else. The only substantial difference between the two is the use of a ‘slightly’ faster CPU, which doesnt really make much of a difference to the speed of the unit. But apparently makes all the difference to the price.
The N54L, starts off at the £279 (eBuyer), without any cashback offer on it… Thats a £200 bump in price, for a few Mhz, and it uses more power than the old model too, which means the small footprint ESX server market has dissipated, sad times.
Well, we can only hope for now that HP kick starts some form of promotion on this new model soon, cus im waiting to place my order :)