acer ac100 2 Acer launches the AC100 micro server

We've already seen the new range of high-end NAS solutions from Thecus and the company is now being joined in this market space by Acer who has just announced a competing solution in the shape of its AC100 micro server. We have to say that Acer has come up with a better marketing name than Thecus, as calling this product segment for a NAS is really underselling your product.

We’ve already seen the new range of high-end NAS solutions from Thecus and the company is now being joined in this market space by Acer who has just announced a competing solution in the shape of its AC100 micro server. We have to say that Acer has come up with a better marketing name than Thecus, as calling this product segment for a NAS is really underselling your product.

Just like Thecus, Acer is offering the AC100 in a range of different configurations, although Acer only has a single size chassis for the AC100. Initially the AC100 will be available with an Intel Xeon E3-1260L CPU which is a quad core 2.4GHz part, but Acer will also be offering it with a Core i3-2100 or 2120 and come July it will also be available with the more affordable Pentium G620, G840 and G850 CPUs.

acer ac100 1 Acer launches the AC100 micro server

The rest of the specifications can’t quite compete with Thecus though as the AC100 is limited to only four drive bays, whereas Thecus new models starts with six drives bays. Acer has also kitted out the AC100 with six USB ports, an eSATA port, Gigabit Ethernet and a D-sub connector. Again, not as impressive as Thecus, as its new models sport both USB 3.0 and HDMI out, as well as dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The AC10 will come with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 8TB of storage. It has a single half height PCI Express x8 expansion slot, which is one slot less than Thecus offers. Acer also offers an optional Wi-Fi card that goes in the PCI Express expansion slot as well as an optional TPM module. One major difference between the AC100 and Thecus new NAS products is that Acer ships the AC100 with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials as standard, although Windows Server 2008 as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 are available as options.

acer ac100 2 Acer launches the AC100 micro server

To Acer’s defence, the AC100 is priced at an affordable level judging by some online pricing we managed to dig up. With the Xeon E3-1260L, 2TB of storage and 4GB of RAM, the AC100 is retailing for around US$950 (S$1,185) which is about half the price of the Thecus N6850 with a Pentium G620 with 2GB of RAM and no drives, making the AC100 something of a bargain in this market space, even though it might not offer the same functionality and expansion options as Thecus Nx850 series.

Source: Acer