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At Lopoco, all we do is make low power servers. A server is typified as a computer that's always on, and that provides a service to other computers, like web or email or database. The average "minimal" server these days uses about 500 watts when idle. When busy, which is probably less than 10% of the time, it might use more than 700 watts.
Lopoco servers achieve better than a 10:1 energy savings. An average Lopoco server uses about 30 watts at idle. And when fully loaded, might use all of 50 watts. Yet, for most server applications, no appreciable difference in performance is noticeable by the end user. If you're worried about how much engery your always-on servers are wasting, and costing, then give us a call.
At Lopoco, we really know low power. We don't make servers, some of which are low power-ish. We really focus on servers that make sense from a power consumption standpoint. Need a server for an embedded appliance application, but don't need enough CPU power to compute the trajectory of the space shuttle to 0.1mm accuracy? We've got you covered.
Want to serve a web site with thousands of page hits a day, but would not like to have to pay for 1000s of watts to run it, or would not like to have to pay for a 40 amp colo rack? We've got you covered.
Many server vendors list one or two servers as low power. Right. Low power servers are not what they do, and chances are, their "low power" server uses hundreds of watts, just at idle. If you call them and ask how much power draw does their low power server have at the receptacle, they will not know. They might tell you it has a 200 watt power supply, or that it has a 65 watt TDP processor. But neither of those tells you what power it draws at the wall socket, which is the power you pay for.
All our servers are clearly marked with two numbers representing how much power they draw while idle and under max CPU load -- at the wall socket -- which is the only number that matters. We get these numbers by testing our servers with an accurate in-line power meter ourselves: we don't take anyone's word for it or add up power draw claims by vendors for the components we use, so you can count on the numbers we quote as being realistic, reliable and repeatable.
While we specialize in LAMP servers, we will sell servers with no operating system installed or with Windows Server installed upon special request.