iLO is nice for a home user too, you never have to physically touch your server.. so I'd never say there is really no use for iLO or anything like that... the whole point of putting it on here is so a home user can have it at an affordable price... heck we have had iLO on our HP servers for a very long time now... it's nice to have, and a nice extra for a home user who wants to throw the server in a basement or something else and have it out of sight
Exactly - that's what I do with my servers, throw them in a closet in the basement. I currently have a crappy monitor next to them, and if I have an issue, I have to go downstairs, plug in the monitor, sit on the floor with a keyboard and diagnose. (yes, I know, First World Problem ). With the MicroServer, I could do all of the maintenance from my main desktop - MUCH nicer setup and it's awesome to have that functionality.
If you don't care about that (ie: you have the box under your desk, connected up with a KVM), maybe building your own is the way to go... Maybe... But it really is a sweet system, and even better once you pair it with the managed switch that can see the health of the server, tell you the iLO address, etc. Overall pretty sweet.