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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 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.
http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9746961-1.html

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....

PitViper


RE: Big question is...
By TomZ on 7/20/2007 7:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press_kits/2007/...

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


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