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this device is a server, and it fits in your hand

Sometimes we have told you about the advantages of having a home server, as simple as it may be, to help us perform everyday tasks. With these devices, you can have your own VPN or 4K media server, to give a couple of examples, but the problem is that as a “server”, they are usually large and with high consumption. However, with ZimaBoard now you will be able to set up your own home server with a device that fits in the palm of your hand (it is the size of a 2.5-inch SSD).

Nor do you think that we are talking about a plug and play device, since in reality, as its name suggests, we are dealing with a “board”. Despite this, its configuration and start-up is extremely simple, as well as the integration of, for example, a SATA 3 SSD in this same server. Let’s take a closer look at it so you can see what we’re talking about.

ZimaBoard, the server the size of an SSD

ZimaBoard was born from the Kickstarter project of the company IceWhale Technologies, and comes to the market in three variants: Zima Board 216 (2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of eMMC storage and Celeron dual-core processor), Zima Board 432 (4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of eMMC storage and Celeron quad-core processor) and Zima Board 832 (8 GB of RAM, 32 GB of eMMC storage and Celeron quad-core processor), which logically also have different price ranges: USD 119.90, USD 159.90 and USD 199.90 respectively.

zimaboard accessories

Leaving aside the RAM memory, its integrated storage and its processor, all the models share the rest of the characteristics. For example, they support up to 36TB of expanded storage thanks to their two built-in SATA 3 ports (each supports up to an 18TB hard drive), and because they have an integrated RJ-45 Gigabyte port, this makes it easy to set them up as a file server or high performance media server. In fact, it even comes with Plex Server installed out of the box.

A very curious feature that this small server the size of a 2.5″ SSD incorporates is that its x86 chipset allows it to be used as a router, so it is also ideal for configuring it as a VPN server, FTP server, BitTorrent clients, performing Traffic -Shaping or QoS, or even to act as a security server.

All models come with a dedicated operating system created by the manufacturer, called CasaOS, designed for working in the cloud. It is an open source operating system that is designed to be able to configure this server in the cloud easily and quickly, without the need for extensive knowledge in this regard.

If you want to buy your own ZimaBoard server, you can already do so through its website (which we have linked at the bottom of this article), although you must take several things into account, such as the fact that it only allows you to pay in dollars (which you don’t it is a problem if you pay with PayPal) and that shipping costs are not included in the price (however, we have been investigating and for some reason it is sold cheaper for Spain than for the United States, for example, where on average these servers cost 20 dollars more).

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