Continuing the discussion from Review - The Home Assistant "Blue":
I myself would like to have a low-powered server that runs at idle. Even though I’m an AMD fanatic, aren’t there low-powered servers that can run Home Assistant? I want the ability to expand with a quad Gigabit port PCIe card, so I can have Home Assistant talk to different networks, or maybe make use of extra USB ports for future expandability, especially if I want to have more serial connections for devices that use RS232. It’s not like I’m going to buy it right away, but it’s nice to have it be modular.
IPMI is great, but it’s not a must-have as Home Assistant will stay on all the time. If I were to run Home Assistant that is connected to UPS, I want to keep IPMI disabled to save power in case the electricity goes out.
As for my experience with Linux, I am handy with installing Home Assistant Core on top of Debian with Python 3’s virtual environment (venv). Home Assistant (OS) is great; however I want to have the flexibility of configuring my network how I want it.
So aren’t there any low-powered servers (does not matter if it’s 1U, 2U, or 4U)? I am a fan of AMD (x86), but I can go with Intel (x86) or ARM.