This caught my eye as it is on offer right now - http://www.ebuyer.com/430446-hp-proliant-g7-n54l-2-2ghz-microserver-ebuyer-704941-421 - with the cashback offer it comes in at £129.
It crossed my mind that it may be possible to use it as a number of things:
1) Add some drives and use it as a backup device (NAS?) - perhaps used in conjunction with some software (Freenas) as it costs as little or less than some dedicated NAS enclosures?
2) Run an OS (Windows Home Server 2011) and use it as a server ?
3) Run some kind of virtualization software/hypervisor to do multiple things - maybe including both of the above and running Windows/Linux client guests)?
If I had the cash to spare, I'd just buy it, install some WD Red drives and extra RAM and have a play, but as it is, I want to get an idea what I could do with it to see if I want to spend the money.
I would want to avoid any expensive software on top of the costs of the server and drives - so freeware or 'cheaper products' like WHS 2011 would be better options.
I am also curious as to whether/how to run it with no monitor/keyboard/mouse so it just sits in a corner out of the way.
So really I am looking for input as to what I could do with this piece of kit - the more functions the easier to justify the cost - it just looks like a cheaper/more flexible option than buying a NAS enclosure for backups which is what I previously had in mind.