Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) platform has gotten a
lot of praise from the online community in the past few months. Microsoft
dished out a Release
Candidate version of the software to testers in early June and went gold in mid-July.
Since that time, we've gotten a glimpse at Velocity Micro's entry
into the WHS market. Velocity's Micro's system can be mounted vertically or
horizontally and will feature a Conroe-based
processor. Other features include PCIe-based GbE, 3.0Gbps SATA and an eSATA
port for external storage expansion.
Hewlett-Packard's offering has been shown in pictures ever
since WHS was first announced in January, but specifications and release
details have finally be revealed. According to leaks from online retailers
Amazon.com and PCMall.com, HP's MediaSmart Home Server will begin
shipping on September 15.
The system will be priced at $599 for the EX470
(500GB) and $749 for the EX475
(1TB). The servers are powered by a 1.8GHz AMD Sempron processor and come
equipped with four drive bays for internal storage expansion (one bay is filled
in the 500GB model, two in the 1TB model), four USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA
port for external expansion.
Each measures 5.5" x 9.7" x 5.5" with system
weight coming in a 14.92 pounds.
As we come closer to the official launch of Windows Home
Server, we are sure to see more product leaks and announcement from other key
partners including Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Iomega LaCie and Medion.
quote: Windows Home Server for System BuildersMicrosoft also announced that Windows Home Server will be available to the system builder channel, further broadening the scope of the home server product category. Using this version of the software, system builders worldwide will have the resources and flexibility to provide customized, targeted Windows Home Server products to meet the needs of a wide array of customer segments.
quote: As we can build ours out of older parts, the only real suggestion is 1GHz+ CPU, 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive. This can easily be built for $200-400 by the end user or if they have an older system that meets these requirements, just buy the OEM WHS.
quote: Where do you plug a monitor into this thing? I know most of the time you won't need one, but it's gotta have the option right?
quote: what happens when a hard drive dies on your WHS box?? Hah! You should have backed up your backup! NOT
quote: Also the UI is "dumbed down"
quote: Eye candy abounds, maybe Joe User will think the product is better if it looks nice? Kind of insulting.
quote: my switch and nics will tranfer at about 950mbit then when an audio is playing it drops to 115mbit.
quote: Interesting thing about slow vista network speed quote: my switch and nics will tranfer at about 950mbit then when an audio is playing it drops to 115mbit.