Both of the new servers runs the
Microsoft Windows Home Server platform and have a new refined user
interface and a web-based home page for accessing and controlling the
server. The new video converter has custom settings and profiles to
automatically convert libraries and unprotected DVDs.
explosion of digital content is attracting a new kind of buyer to the
home server space,” said Jason Zajac, vice president and general
manager, Worldwide Attach Group, HP. “This buyer wants all the
power and capacity that past buyers wanted, but also wants it to be
easy to use. The new MediaSmart EX490 and EX495 give them both.”
new Media Collector allows users to collect media by computer, media
type, or file location and the server will collect and organize the
media files from both Mac and PC systems. Users can also stream the
media around the home and across the Internet. Mac users get new
features with the new MediaServers that include administration, media
collection, and new disc recovery utility for a bare metal recovery
on a Mac that uses Time machine.
“The new release of HP
MediaSmart Server software and hardware continues HP’s leadership
in building compelling functionality on top of the Microsoft Windows
Home Server Platform,” said Russ Madlener, director, Solutions
Marketing, Microsoft. “HP is delivering a true cross-platform
product by adding the ability to administer the server from a Mac
using Microsoft’s new Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac
The EX495 has an Intel Pentium dual-core processor and
the EX490 uses a Celeron processor. Both machines can have up to 7TB
of internal storage. The EX490 with 1TB is $549 while the EX495 with
1.5TB of storage is $699. The machines will debut in select European
markets next month.
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