Sitestash now offers colocation for your Mac Mini and Mac Mini dedicated servers for lease. With some of us at Sitestash being Mac users, we see the value in this computer as a server. We are currently offering two colocation plans and two dedicated plans. The Mac Mini colocation plans allow customers to send in a Mac Mini to be installed in our data center, and connected to the network. The Mac Mini dedicated plans allow customers to rent a Mac Mini directly from Sitestash, and also covers free hardware swaps should the system fail.
Sitestash is also offering the option to rent high capacity external hard drives, specifically the 250GB and 500GB LaCie USB/Firewire drives. This will allow both colo and dedicated Mac Minis to be of more use by adding extensive data storage.
All Mac Minis, both colo and dedicated will be connected to a remote reboot port, which allows customers to login and power cycle their Mac Mini server should it freeze or crash. In the event of a drive failure or severe OS corruption, Sitestash offers OS reloads and general technical service to get you going again. You will also receive a bandwidth graph to view the traffic usage of your Mac Mini at the network level.
If you’ve not used a Mac before or seen the virtualization software available we suggest you take a look at My First Mac and Parallels Desktop. We have Mac Mini’s running Parallels and booting several versions of Linux and even Windows XP inside of OSX, it’s proving to be a very useful tool and has great potential in a server environment.