Very interesting configuration. I don't think it will happen for various reasons.
Originally Posted by nht
From the other thread but more relevant here.
My wish list for the Mac Mini Server 2012:
2.5Ghz Quad Xeon E3-1265L w/Intel 2500HD
The 2500HD is likely to be the biggest reasons such a machine would fail. For one even though Apple sells the model as a "server" I don't think many are actually using it that way. It is Apples lowest cost quad core machine with many buying it simp,y because of the quad cores. It is an excellent development platform in that regard, especially when coupled with lots of RAM and SSDs.
2 slots for ECC RAM (4GB standard)
There is little reason not to go to 8GB these days, RAM is so cheap it is pathetic.
2 slots for SSD sticks (128GB SSD stick standard)
Yes this is huge, Apple needs to become far more agressive when it comes to putting advanced tech on the desktop.
Assuming you can find a Xeon chipset with USB3 support why bother with USB2?
SDXC card slot
In the $1499 price range (anywhere from $1299-$1699)
Fills the low end server and workstation niche.
Server yes, workstation no. The big problem with the Mini as a workstation has always been the lack of good GPU support on the machine. Now granted Apple is trying to have it both ways with the Mini server but when the bulk of your sales really aren't to "server" users you have to pay attention to the GPU that would mean the best possible integrated GPU possible on a machine like this.
For the light workstation users you do 10GbE to SAN, 1 TB dedicated to external GPU,
You can stop right there, external GPUs over TB are a joke that is to silly to play here.
1 TB for external processing cards (rocket, tesla, xeon phi, etc). If no SAN then USB3 or TB to local RAID.
External processing cards are a different story all together. Frankly it would be interesting to see a Mini with either more TB ports or an Infiniband port. Intel is going Infiniband big time and such an implementation into a Mini like machine would make for a more interesting clustering and compute box solution.
For the "micro-server" user you could do redundant 10GbE (using one of the TB ports and a 10GbE adapter) and connect the 2nd TB to a RAID array. What you lack would be redundant power supplies.
Are redundant power supplies really required? The answer is yes in a high density high power solution such as a large server, but does the Mini (as it currently is) have a high failure rate power supply? I don't really know the answer to that, it is just that I don't see a lot of power supply failures happening for laptops.
For the non-server models pretty much the same except with the Ivy Bridge i5/i7 and a decent GPU in the current price ranges. Maybe drop the 10GbE for the current GigE.
Why not just stay with Ivy Bridge across the platform. You do give up ECC (last I knew) but that isn't a great lost considering the Mini servers intended usage.