While reading Linux Format magazine that other day, I stumbled upon a tidbit about a palm sized Linux server provided by a Japaneese based company has been officially launched in the US market. The magazine claimed that this server could be used as a firewall, DNS server, network management, and VoIP management. Like any hot-blooded geek, this instantly fused my interest, and jumped online to find out more about it.

Plat'Home's OpemMicroServer


Priced at $599, this baby is almost flat, it is only 1.3 inches! To put things into perspective, the Macbook Air at its thickest point is .76 inches, so OpenMicroServer is a little less than two of Cupertino’s latest “masterpiece” on top of each other! It has a 400 MHz AMD Alchemy processor, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x 100MBit Ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and comes preloaded with SSD/Linux but also supports Debian and NetBSD.

According to the company’s website, OpenMicroServer can be used for the following:

  1. IP network testing/monitoring
  2. VPN
  3. VoIP / SIS Server
  4. Apache / MySQL Server
  5. Industrial automation
  6. Load Balancer
  7. Authentication Server
  8. Time Server
  9. Blog Server
  10. Wireless LAN access point
  11. Firewall / Router
  12. Spam Filter
  13. Version Management Solution
  14. Surveillance
  15. Distribution Management

I am pretty sure that there are even more applications this beast could be used for! Just think outside the box ;)

What makes this little device great is it’s ultimate placement flexibility, it could fixed on walls, radars, airships, hell if you want to you can fix it under your sink! Trust me it won’t complain! Just a word of caution, ITS NOT WATERPROOF! But it is Heatproof, it can handle very extreme weather conditions, according to the website, OpenMicroServer has an aluminum heat sink to the aluminum casing, which eliminates the need for a fan. The unit also employs a power efficient Alchemy CPU and precise part placement based on thermo-fluid analysis to achieve semi-hermetic construction with a guaranteed maximum operating temperature of 50°C/122°F.

OpenMicroServer Can Operate in Very Extreme Weather Conditions

You can find out more over at Plat’Home OpenMicroServer official page.