Why a Mac mini?The tiny powerhouse for all things Mac.
Choice of Software
It is your choice to load Windows or Linux on your Mac mini prior to sending it to us. We have Windows and Linux engineers on staff that are able to assist you if needed. Alternative installation and configurations are available when purchasing Mac mini from us. You can also virtualize a Linux, Windows, or OS X using programs like Fusion or Parallels – or run the VMware ESXi bare metal hypervisor.
Based on Open Source
All Mac Mini Vault customers have the option of running MAMP PRO for free ($60 value). MAMP PRO is an open source based web server package. With it you can deploy an Apache web server utilizing PHP and MySQL within minutes. Apache is the dominate web server software on the internet. It is open source and has been available since 1996.
OS X Server
Turn your Mac into a server by purchasing Server.app from the AppStore on any Mac running OS X 10.10 “Yosemite”. Profile Manager unlocks the capability to control and manage other Macs running OS X 10.7 Lion and newer as well as iOS devices. Xcode Server allows for continuous integration between a team of developers and manages automated software builds & tests. With other features such as calendars, address book, email etc, Wiki Server, and File Sharing Server OS X Server allows for out of the box business collaboration.
At idle, the Mac mini sips 6w (13w on the past Late-2012 model) of power. Generating very little heat and highly optimized to reduce power usage as much as possible. We are able to host a great number of Mac minis in a single data center cabinet allowing us to maximize the number of clients we can sustain while keeping our power and cooling usage down.