A Low Powered NAS-based Web Server for Small and Medium Enterprises

Abstract

Small and Medium sized Enterprises or SMEs are companies that have a small number of personnel. In Thailand, SMEs outnumber large enterprise significantly. Both large and small enterprises have equal footing in term of their identities on the Internet. Some successful Internet-based firms do not operate brick and mortar stores and do business solely through their web sites. However, due to their lack of funding, SMEs usually have no resources for Information Technology infrastructure such as dedicated servers and an air conditioning system to support the underlying infrastructure; especially those in agriculture and handicraft areas, which are the majority of SMEs in Thailand. This study focused on identifying a low powered, low cost and always on solution viable for SMEs to operate their e-commerce web sites without premium infrastructure cost. Network-attached storage or NAS is suitable in this situation due to its low power consumption property. Its ARM-based processor has low TDP and can operate 24/7 without an air conditioning environment. A Linux-based NAS with a 200MHz single core ARM CPU was modified to serve as a web server with PHP support. The results showed that it was able to serve static content to multiple clients concurrently but the performance dropped dramatically once the connections contain CPU intensive calculations. Using faster and/or multi-core ARM CPU may improve this situation and should be studied further.



Author Information
Surasak Srisawan, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University, Thailand

Paper Information
Conference: ACSS2013
Stream: Social Sciences

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