Why a Mac Mini?
I’m so glad you asked! The Mac Mini represents, as we see it, a monumental step forward in computer design. The Mac Mini is a perfect fit within the data center because of its low power usage, reliable hardware, and small form factor. The Mac Mini comes standard with Mac OS X which is based on UNIX. This provides a powerful platform for providing a number of services including web & e-mail hosting, offsite backup, secondary DNS or MX server, and it makes a great development environment. Hosting your Mac Mini at a remote location is easy. Mac OS X has a built-in “screen-sharing” application which allows simple remote management. All of our accounts come standard with remote reboot free of charge.
Before shipping us your Mac Mini, but sure to enable auto-power on failure. This will allow your server to come back online after a remote reboot!
Web ServerA hosted Mac Mini makes a perfect small web server. The UNIX based operating system provides a tremendous ammount of flexibility. Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Postfix are all straight-forward to setup. Below are resources for configuring your Mac Mini as a web server.
- Installing Apache on Mac OS X
- Using Apache and PHP in Mac OS X
- Installing PHP and Apache on Mac OS X – That was pretty easy!
Off-site BackupOff-site backup is a perfect function for the Mac Mini in a data center. It provides a low-cost platform which saves you money each month compared to even the most basic 1U colocation package. At a starting price of $30 per month our Mac Mini hosting will save you money on your off-site backup scheme. Rsync and SSH, both common tools in UNIX can be using to make incremental backups to your Mini. Below are additional resources:
- Howto: Design an offsite backup system (with a Mac Mini)
- Easy Automated Snapshot-Style Backups with Linux and Rsync