Why a Mac mini?
The Mac mini and Mac mini Server are powered by a multi-core Intel Core i5/i7 processor and are upgradable to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of internal storage. Running a mini as an offsite backup, web server, ftp server, e-mail server, etc is very cost effective. Specific Mac software can also be hosted on a mini (Xcode Server, Filemaker, Jenkins). The Mac mini Server is Apple’s best selling ‘server’ which is smaller, less costly, and more energy efficient than the discontinued Xserve. Because of the mini’s efficiency we are able to offer enterprise level colocation at a reduced price. Generating less heat and using less power is not only a great way to save money, but it is also cleaner for the environment. The Mac mini is the most cost effective way to start hosting with OS X.
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.