What portable server should I choose?

Posted on 2010-01-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
What portable server should I choose for our small translation agency?

I need to be able to carry it with me on airplanes, because I'm a frequent flyer.

I want to be able to use it with my HP Compaq nx7300 32-bit Windows XP SP3 Pro.

My two colleagues should be able to connect to this server no matter where I happen to be in the world at the moment. And it should work in conjunction with the the website we have for our common company (that is now hosted by a hosting provider).

What's the minimum price we would need to spend to purchase such a server?
And what is the weight?
Question by:hermesalpha
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Sorry, but I've never heard of a "portable server" class system.  Plenty of people bring systems with them and many run Virtual machines if necessary... but what you're asking for is not a typical request - perhaps if you elaborated more on what you're trying to accomplish and why the server must be portable.
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    I'm with leew, never heard of a portable server myself and do not think such device exists. If you truly need a server with the remote capabilities as you suggest, look at a named brand server such as Dell or HP and purchase it with SBS 2008. Or you could always rent a server.
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    "My two colleagues should be able to connect to this server no matter where I happen to be in the world" - Sorry that ain't going to happen even though you are able to find a "portable" server.

    A server has to be in a fixed location if you want other people to be able to connect to it. So your option is to leave the server in the fixed location and YOU, as a traveller, being able to connect to that from anywhere in the world (providing you have internet connection of course). You can save all your important data on an external hard drive and carry that around (chance of losing it is probably high though). Perhaps some encrpytion software to help with data protection too.
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    Even if you bought a regular server of small size, it would still be too cumbersome to travel around with (think minimum 10kg), and the risk of damage would be unacceptably high. You couldn't take it as carry-on luggage, so it would be at the mercy of the baggage handlers, porters at hotels, and so on. I doubt it would last long. Different power supply voltages and amperages at hotels in other countries will cause further frustration.

    I concur with the other posters. Put the server somewhere fixed and connect to it remotely.

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