New MediaSmart servers have improved Mac features built-in

HP has unveiled its latest MediaSmart Servers today including the EX490 and the EX495. Both of the systems are third generation Media Smart Servers with upgraded hardware, new Mac features, and better media collector software.

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.

“The 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.”

The 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 2.”

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.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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