VIA Announces Cheap ARTiGo A2000 Mini-Server

Paul Lilly

VIA has announced the ARTiGo A2000 barebones storage mini-server, a tiny box with a small price tag. The compact mini-server offers a high capacity, low power power storage system while also claiming to keep noise levels below 26.8 dB.

  • 1.6GHz VIA C7-D processor
  • VIA VX8000 Unified Digital Media IGP chipset
  • 1 x DDR2 SO-DIMM Socket (up to 2GB)
  • 2 x 3.5" SATA II
  • 1 x CF socket
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports (1 on front panel)

Other specs include a LAN port, audio ports, wireless LAN support, built-in HD audio, and support for Windows XP/Vista, and Linux. But perhaps the ARTiGo A2000's biggest appeal is it's small stature. The mini-server is designed using a custom Nano-ITX form factor and up to 3TB of data can be crammed into a chassis no higher than a CD and only 10.2 inches long.

Included software gives uses the ability to create up to 10 encrypted virtual drives, with the encryption being "performed with virtually no CPU load."

Several e-tailers have begun offering the device on pre-order for $299, and depending on where you order it from, could ship as early as this month.

Image Credit: VIA

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