Brian "Krow" Aker (krow) wrote,
Brian "Krow" Aker

Thoughts on a new VPN box...

I was sitting back and thinking about the fact that it is tie to decommission my current box I use for a VPN connection.

About once a year its fan dies... and it is producing too much heat (which means it is burning too much electricity).

So what I am thinking are the criteria for a new box?

  • Use less electicity. In a perfect world no fan.
  • Be 1U or less in size.
  • Have enough disk that I can pop a Fedora distribution on. Keep security patches coming in via yum upgrade.
  • Something other then a disk would be nice... less electricity.
  • I only need a single ethernet port.

    In truth the device is just running ssh. I do not want to spend a lot on it... but I want it to be totally reliable (well... not reliable enough to bother with dual power supply... no fan goes a long way toward this).

    I could just pull one of the spare 1U I have that chew little if any electricity... get a cheap flash/ide device.

    Why not just spin up another virtual machine? Because experience is that Xen is still not completely reliable at this point. Updates have knocked all of my Xen servers offline before, so I have not drunk the kool-aid 100% at this point. I like my ssh server to be completely reliable.
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