Raspberry Pi OS for a Server

For small deployments (or home or small office use) you may find yourself in need of a ‘bare metal’ server, but not want or need the expense of an x64 machine. If the workload is not too demanding, a Raspberry Pi can be a good choice. The Pi has the benefit of being inexpensive, using little electricity, and taking little space. This article has been modified to use Raspberry Pi OS as the base instead of a customised Raspbian image.

Raspberry Pi as an Ansible Server

As a base service for bare metal infrastructure I prefer my provisioning and configuration management servers to be bare metal which can be accessed without requiring other hosts or infrastructure. For small deployments the Raspberry Pi makes a great choice because it is inexpensive, uses little electricity, takes little space, and yet has enough power for the relatively low demands placed on the server (which also makes a full x64 server overkill).

Raspberry Pi Server

For small deployments (or home or small office use) you may find yourself in need of a ‘bare metal’ server, but not want or need the expense of an x64 machine. If the workload is not too demanding, a Raspberry Pi can be a good choice. The Pi has the benefit of being inexpensive, using little electricity, and taking little space.