Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Sheeva Plug Computer would make a great NAS

I've been looking at the Sheeva Plug dev kit from Marvell. It seems to be an ARM core System-on-Chip (SoC), Linux compatible, with an interesting combo of device controllers hanging off of it, including ethernet, USB, and SATA ports.

The dev kit seems to be the size of a large wall wart and part of Marvell's "Plug Computing" marketing drive. Not sure about plug computing bit, but I'd love to fit the board into a small two or three bay external drive enclosure, or maybe a drive dock. Running a minimal linux system, a looks like it would be a nice way to setup a local Network Attached Storage (NAS) backup system with enough smarts to do offsite backups to Amazon S3 or Rackspace's Mosso.