My ideal hardware to run ZurmoCRM for 4 concurrent users shall be less than US$300. After I publish ECS LIVA is a Cheaper, Smaller, and Quieter Solution to ZurmoCRM than NAS, some reply there are many products similar to ECS LIVA mini PC.
Low Price x86 Series Mini PC
Intel NUC series and GIGABYTE BRIX are both mini PC. The later only offer Intel Core Processor Family and all above my US$300 limit. But if you have more budget, it’s worth to take into consideration.
I made a comparison table of Intel NUC Kit DCCP847DYE and DN2820FYKH. I also add LIVA and QNAP TS-269L for reference. All benchmark are collect from PassMark. Price are from Amazon at 2014/4/10 and may be differ when you read this. A detail comparison of these processors can be found here. Even with optional 2GB RAM and 60GB SSD, both NUC are still withing US$300.
DCCP847DYE is the fastest but mSATA are more expansive than eSATA SSD. The lack of USB 3.0 also make it slower connecting to external storage. DN2820FYKH is the best balancing price and storage expansion capability. It also removes my worry about eMMC in LIVA.
Low Price ARM Series Mini PC
Raspberry Pi is an interested product with powerful Broadcom BCM2835. Utilite is beautiful and has three models. There are many more ARM based products available. Because of following reasons, I don’t use them to run ZurmoCRM.
- Incomplete PHP Library packages.
- Not enough information on LAMP benchmark.
- Not as popular and more difficult to buy.
Although Marvell 88F6281 is slow, Marvell ARMADA XP is almost as fast as Intel Atom Processor D2701 in QNAP TS-269L as a LAMP Application Server Performance Report. If you may compile PHP libraries on your own, they are worth a look.
Resource for ARM
ARM Vs. x86: The Secret Behind Intel Atom’s Efficiency from Tom’s Hardware is a great post if you want to learn more about the difference between ARM and Intel Atom Processor.
For those who is looking for Linux on ARM, 4 Fine Linux ARM Distros from Linux.com is a good introduction. You might be interested on How To Install Debian on the QNAP TS-209 Pro by SmallNEtworkBuilder which is a good reference for those who want to give it a try.
- liliputing: ECS LIVA mini PC: Tiny Bay Trail desktop for under $200
- ECS LIVA is a Cheaper, Smaller, and Quieter Solution to ZurmoCRM than NAS
- Intel: NUC Boards and Kits
- GIGABYTE: BRIX
- Intel: Intel Core Processor Family
- Intel: Intel NUC Kit DCCP847DYE
- Intel: Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH
- QNAP: TS-269L
- PassMark CPU Benchmarks – Low Mid Range CPU
- Amazon: Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit, Black/Grey BOXDCCP847DYE
- Amazon: Intel NUC DN2820FYKH with Intel Celeron N2820 , 2.5 inch HDD support
- Amazon: QNAP TS-269L 2-Bay NAS, SATA 3Gbps, USB 3.0
- Wiki: USB: USB 3.0
- Wiki: MultiMediaCard: eMMC
- TurnKey Linux: Zurmo
- Raspberry Pi
- Broadcom: BCM2835
- Utilite: Utilite Models
- Marvell: Marvell 88F6281 SoC with Sheeva Technology
- Marvell ARMADA XP
- Intel Atom Processor D2700
- QNAP TS-269L as a LAMP Application Server Performance Report
- Tom’s Hardware: ARM Vs. x86: The Secret Behind Intel Atom’s Efficiency
- Intel: Intel Atom Processor
- Linux.com: 4 Fine Linux ARM Distros
- SmallNetBuilder: How To Install Debian on the QNAP TS-209 Pro