Acer have announced their new Acer AC100 Microserver – and it is perfect to run Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.


The Acer AC100 delivers essential server-class features and expandability along with unique Acer utilities1 and Microsoft Small Business Server 2011 Essentials to ensure the success of startup and small-size businesses. The ultra-micro tower server is ENERGY STAR certified and features an 80 PLUS efficient power supply that saves space and energy while keeping your employees and office highly productive.


4 x hot-pluggable hard drives
Intel® Xeon® E3 or Core™ i3 or Pentium® series processor
2 x DDR3 ECC unbuffered DIMMs
6 x USB ports
eSATA port
Gigabit LAN port (RJ-45)
Video port
Recovery button
Pad lock and Kensington lock slots

Operating Systems

• Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
• Microsoft Windows Server 2008
• Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
• Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
• SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1

AC100 model options


AC100 standard comes in a wide range of specs to fit any customer need


AC100s is preloaded with pre-built RAID and Windows Small Business Server 2011
Essentials. The preload package is the simplest way to deliver strong server
functionality in an easy-to-use package, and is perfect for the small office and SOHO

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but that should be forthcoming soon, so watch this space.

Here is some more information:

Smart investment for growing businesses

A brand-new Intel® architecture drives the AC100 ultra-micro tower server with an industry-leading 32 nm processor, greater memory capacity, and higher performance to handle large workloads more efficiently. A PCI Express® x8 expansion slot and multiple USB/eSATA ports are available for external expansion. Four hot-swappable hard disk drives for up to 6 TB of data storage satisfy the demands of growing businesses.

Server-class reliability and security

The AC100 is packed with dependable server-class hardware: an integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller transmits data quickly and safely; ECC memory protection enhances data integrity and reliability; pre-configured RAID 0, 1, 5 models1 ensure data security; and automatic backup protects valuable data and enables secure remote access from the web.

Friendly UI and add-ins optimize office productivity

Acer Dashboard1 and Acer ITSmart1 include powerful utilities to ease office IT operations and increase employee productivity: Sever Health Monitoring, Client PC Power Saving, Printer Sharing and Fax Notification, Intel® vPro™ Management2

Cost-effective expandability, green computing

The AC100 is designed with a tool-less micro tower chassis that allows easy component access, reducing maintenance and service costs. What’s more, this tower server is ENERGY STAR® certified and equipped with an 80 PLUS® power supply for maximum energy efficiency.

Learn more from the Acer website

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