Microserver Pros/Cons

I’m looking for an ideal microserver to run locally.

Needs:

  • Fast Storage (anything faster than an SD Card)
  • Lots of RAM (1 GB minimum, 2 GB ideally)
  • Multiple Cores (2 minimum, 4 ideally)
  • Low cost (Under $100, under $50 ideally)
  • Software Support (Ubuntu 15.10, Debian Jessie)

The last is probably the most important point, as I want this server to mirror what we’re running on the Live website. That means MIPS and ARMv8 are out.

BeagleBone Black

$45 from SEEED, or $39 for the BeagleBone Green from SEEED

Pros:

  • Debian Mainline Support
  • Ubuntu Core Support
  • Single Core ARMv7
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of Flash storage

Cons:

  • 100 Mb Ethernet
  • Normal speed MicroSD storage
  • USB 2.0

Raspberry Pi B+

$40 from SEEED, ~$30 from AliExpress

Pros:

  • Debian Mainline Support
  • Raspbian (Debian Jessie)
  • 512 MB of RAM

Cons:

  • Single Core ARMv6
  • 100 Mb Ethernet
  • Normal speed MicroSD storage
  • USB 2.0

Parallella

$99 from Amazon (headless), $149 from Amazon (HDMI)

Pros:

  • First party Ubuntu 14.04
  • Dual Core ARMv7
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Cons:

  • Normal speed MicroSD storage
  • USB 2.0

Raspberry Pi 2

$40 from Amazon?

Pros:

  • Debian Mainline Support
  • Pseudo Ubuntu Mainline Support
  • Raspbian (Debian Jessie)
  • Quad Core ARMv7
  • 1 GB of RAM

Cons:

  • 100 Mb Ethernet
  • Normal speed MicroSD storage
  • USB 2.0

Banana PI M1

$30 from AliExpress

Pros:

  • 3rd party Debian (Jessie) and Ubuntu
  • Dual Core ARMv7
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • SATA storage

Cons:

  • Normal speed MicroSD storage
  • USB 2.0

Likely candidate.

Banana PI M3

$78 from AliExpress

Pros:

  • Octo Core ARMv7
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • WiFi b/g/n
  • SATA storage

Cons:

  • Brand new, so OS Support Unknown
  • Normal speed MicroSD storage??
  • USB 2.0

Potential candidate.

Creator Ci20

$65 from Imagination Technologies

Pros:

  • First Party Debian (Jessie)
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of Flash storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Cons:

  • Dual Core MIPS (a con because software support)
  • Normal speed MicroSD storage
  • USB 2.0

ODROID C1+

$37 from HardKernel

Pros:

  • OS??
  • Quad Core ARMv7
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Optional fast eMMC storage

Cons:

  • Normal speed MicroSD storage??
  • USB 2.0

ODROID XU4

$74 from HardKernel

Pros:

  • OS??
  • 2 GHz Octo Core ARMv7
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Optional fast eMMC storage
  • USB 3.0

Cons:

  • Normal speed MicroSD storage??

Jetson TK1

$192 from NVidia

Pros:

  • First Party Ubuntu (?)
  • 4+1 Core ARMv7
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of eMMC storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 3.0
  • SATA storage
  • Desktop Class GPU

Cons:

  • Normal speed MicroSD storage??
  • Price

Jetson TX1

$599 from NVidia

Pros:

  • First Party Ubuntu (?)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of eMMC storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 3.0
  • SATA storage
  • Desktop Class GPU

Cons:

  • Quad Core 64bit ARMv8 (A con because of software support)
  • Normal speed MicroSD storage??
  • Price (OMFG)