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The latest Mac mini is powered by the M1 chip. The integration of CPU, memory, and storage on the M1 chip allows the Mac mini to compete with computers many times its size – while consuming up to 60 percent less energy than the previous Mac mini generation. Running a mini as an offsite backup, web server, FTP server, iOS build server, etc is very cost effective. Mac-specific software can also be hosted on a mini (Xcode Server, Filemaker, Jenkins).  Because of the mini’s efficiency, we are able to offer enterprise-level colocation at a minimal price.

Choice of Software

It is your choice to load Windows or Linux (2014 or earlier minis only) on your Mac mini prior to sending it to us, or we can install it for you on your colocated or dedicated mini. We have Windows and Linux engineers on staff that are able to assist you if needed. Alternative installation and configurations are available when renting a Mac mini from us. You can also virtualize a Linux, Windows, or macOS using programs like Fusion or Parallels – or run the VMware ESXi bare metal hypervisor (2014 or earlier minis only).

Based on Open Source

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 most widely used web server software on the internet. It is open source and has been available since 1996.

Power Usage

At idle, the 2020 M1 Mac mini sips 6.8w (19.9w on the past 2018 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.

Better for the Environment

Apple has worked hard to lessen the environmental impact when manufacturing the M1 Mac minis. From using 100% recycled aluminum to recycled materials in the packaging, the energy efficient Mac mini leaves less of an imprint than other similarly-powered servers. Read Apple’s full Mac mini environmental report here.

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