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Rendering of Velocity Micro WHS in silver and black  (Source: Velocity Micro)

Rendering of Velocity Micro WHS in a black and red color scheme  (Source: Velocity Micro)
Another system builder prepares to introduce servers to general consumers

Velocity Micro has leaked details of its upcoming Windows Home Server system, or WHS for short. The upcoming Velocity Micro WHS encompasses consumer friendly design and features enterprise-class thermals and stability.

Expect the Velocity Micro WHS to include hardware for vertical and horizontal placements. Velocity Micro is hush on the noise levels, but claims the new WHS is very quiet with some form of exotic cooling for the unnamed, single-core Conroe-based processor.

An Intel chipset and DDR2 memory join the Conroe-based processor. Velocity Micro has not revealed which Intel chipset it is specifically, but claims a high-performance Intel chipset with PCI Express-based Gigabit Ethernet and SATA 3.0Gbps are inside the WHS system. Intel has a large inventory of chipsets that fits the bill, including the most recent Bearlake-family, last-generation Broadwater-family or even the 946-series that is still chugging along.

"The WHS is another piece to our digital home initiative: cable cards, home theather, desktop, living room form-factor ... and it's not the last one," said Chris Morley, director of product development, Velocity Micro.

As Velocity Micro is a custom system builder, expect the WHS system to have build-to-order options with varying storage capacities, up to several terabytes of storage. Additionally, the Velocity Micro WHS system will have an eSATA port for external storage expansion. Velocity Micro plans to release an external storage enclosure that matches the WHS system design by Q1’2008.

Expect Velocity Micro to have the WHS ready in time for the official Windows Home Server launch in the September-October timeframe.

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RE: Big question is...
By FITCamaro on 7/19/2007 2:29:53 PM , Rating: 2
Ok but is that assuming you use 1TB drives? And like the other guy said, is "several" 2-3 or 6-7?

I want a server that has room for at least 6 hard drives. If not 8. Its not a server if it only has room for 4 drives. That only leaves room for 2TB of space at best if you want redundancy. 1 drive for the OS and apps, 3 1TB drives in RAID 5.

RE: Big question is...
By TomZ on 7/19/2007 2:38:42 PM , Rating: 2
I couldn't find any specifications on the 'net about the number of internal drive bays, but I doubt it will be in the 6-8 range. But I did find this information which might help:

[Velocity Micro] will also be selling an expansion module with the goal of making it easy to add extra hard drives.

Also, the storage can be expanded through USB and eSATA connections.

RE: Big question is...
By imaheadcase on 7/19/2007 9:20:13 PM , Rating: 2
The HP model will hold 6 hardrives, but others only hold 4. I'm sure this will be similar.

RE: Big question is...
By PitViper007 on 7/20/2007 5:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
Do you have any other info on the HP one? I'm gonna look it up myself but if you have info....


RE: Big question is...
By TomZ on 7/20/2007 7:23:06 PM , Rating: 2

Correction to the other poster: the HP server only has 4 internal drive bays, not 6.

RE: Big question is...
By Spivonious on 7/19/2007 2:39:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but with the way WHS works, isnt' RAID a thing of the past? I'll have to do some reading on what happens if a drive fails.

RE: Big question is...
By GaryJohnson on 7/19/2007 3:01:46 PM , Rating: 2
As I understand, it uses "Windows Home Server Drive Extender" (WHSDE?) as opposed to RAID.

WHS uses folder level redundancy. Each folder has multiple redundant copies, each stored on a seperate physical drive.

Some articles seem to indicate that it always keeps 2 copies of each folder, while others seem to say that the number of redundant copies is configurable by the user (per folder) and is only limited by the number of physical drives you have.

RE: Big question is...
By darkpaw on 7/19/2007 5:35:05 PM , Rating: 2
It is configurable, can have no redundancy or a copy on every drive if you want.

RE: Big question is...
By leexgx on 7/20/2007 8:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
i may have an look at windows home server as the "Windows Home Server Drive Extender" (WHSDE?) heh with RAID 5 if you lose an disk total performace of the array be poor untill its rebuilt

as it save me having to Move all my data off of an smaller disk when i wish to fit an bigger disk as it seems all you have to do is tak an disk out (HOT or not) and Drop the new disk in and it auto start copying data

i seen some NAS box's come with this but it runs linux and handles error states very badly and risk of loesing all data

RE: Big question is...
By DeepBlue1975 on 7/19/2007 2:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
Mirroring is not the only way of getting redundancy.
I like raid 5 much better, and my liking it is directly proportional to the quantity of drives integrating the RAID. :D

RE: Big question is...
By darkpaw on 7/19/2007 5:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
RAID 5 is definately more effecient, but doesn't allow mixing and matching whatever drives you happen to plug into the system. WHS is setup to be as easy as possible and can toss in more storage whenever you want and don't have to worry about matching drives.

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