One might consider the average iPhone a tiny Linux mini laptop, although this is a forced comparison. And what does one usually do with Linux computers? They put them in racks and make servers, so why shouldn’t the iPhone be part of a similar initiative?
Japanese company FreeBit created the prototype of an iPhone-based server farm, by using 5 handsets. This idea was implemented more as a way to showcase the company’s Serversman software, that supports the iPhone, iPod Touch and Windows Mobile devices. The software also allows you to use the handset as a network storage device, file server or mini web server.
Here’s the video presentation for this great idea, but the only problem is that it’s quite costly, since 5 iPhones will surely equal a more than great server, in cash: