Antsle One - Review

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This is my short review of all the of features and capabilities of the Antsle, and what I think about it. If you want to follow along as I set it up, check out my unboxing post.


Processing Power

It's there.

The Antsle specs says it comes with an Intel Avalon C2750. The hardware however is reporting that it's an Avalon C2758. It's a slightly more expensive version, but appears to have all the same specs.

As far as power goes, it is able to handle a majority of what you throw at it. If you're smart and take advantage of the LXC containers it provides, each server is almost free. My current setup is 3 ubuntu LXCs and 1 Windows Server KVM, and I idle around 10% usage.


Heat

None.

No, seriously. The box has only gotten *warm* once on me, and that was when I was doing the features installation on the Windows Server. And by warm, I mean a little warmer than room temperature. 


Noise

Also none.

Well, almost none. Antsle doesn't have any fans so there's nothing moving to generate noise. However I ordered mine with HDDs, so every once in a while I'll hear a very light sound coming from the hard drives.


Ease of Use

Pretty easy.

Antman does as advertised, handles the creation of servers and all that. Although, currently Antman is pretty lacking.

For what you need it to do, create and manage virtual servers, Antman is more than capable of doing elegantly. However anything advanced, like port forwarding, requires an SSH connection to do.


Security

Antsle puts all of the virtual servers in their own private network and uses NAT to give them internet access. Antsle also by default forwards ports 22,3389 and 80, both over UDP and TCP.

The motherboard Antsle uses also has an IPMI interface, which allows you to control the server even when it's off over the LAN. IPMI also allows you to forward the console, essentially giving anybody with the password a virtual mouse and keyboard to your screen. IPMI also allows you to remotely attach a USB drive to the target system, which makes it pretty easy for a hacker to break into your system.

In my unboxing post, I address how to close that gaping security hole.


More to come...