It boggles the mind that there is still no motherboard with a bunch of ARM big.LITTLE CPUs and plenty of cores that can also handle SATA.
Consumers are still locked into mini-ITX mobos, at best, matched with anemic 2c/4t or 4c/4t CPUs (Celeron), only 2 SATA ports, and fiddly RAM compatibility.
You’d think that the rising cost of electricity would have long ago given rise to a veritable precambrian explosion of ultra-low-powered mobos+CPUs that can be paired with a bunch of cheap SATA SSDs for hosting sensible, non-global workloads.
But no! Celeron J5040 it is, at best! Or some refurbished Core i3 with 65 W TDP. Or some other power-hungry amd64 CPU with less than a handful of cores.
Step 1: take a Snapdragon CPU.
Step 2: build a mini-ITX motherboard around it with at least four SATA ports and DDR4 DIMM slots for at least 16 GB RAM.
Step 3: take my money and the money of many other people who enjoy self-hosting.