Intel Nuc – Big Things come in Small Packages
In my home office, space is at a premium. I need to fit a lot of horsepower into a small area.
For a while I decided to virtualize everything and run ESXi, from VMWare, but my server would superheat my tiny office. What to do, oh what to do?
I decided to look at the advances in hardware and stumbled across the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing).
The NUC is a tiny beast, measuring only 4.6 x 2 x 4.4 inches. There are economic Celeron versions, Core I3, I5 and even the I7! All you need to do is bundle in some RAM (ensure correct sizing and type) and an M.2 SSD or a 2.5 inch SATA SSD and you are running a modern, yet tiny PC (or server!).
Now you can play games on your TV, create a tiny media center, or shrink your desktop! I even know people who are running ESXi on these for their Hypervisor.
These are tiny, but they aren’t cheap, it’s about $500 to get one and fully outfit it for use, so I won’t be replacing my Raspberry Pi servers with these anytime soon!