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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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By PAPutzback on 7/20/2007 8:34:16 AM , Rating: 2
I dunno if it helps but, judging by the other replies here I may have one of the crustiest hybrid setups:
Mobo: Asus P2B
CPU: 1.3 GHz Celeron Via Powerleap Slocket Adapter
Memory: 512MB PC100
Graphics: ATI Rage Fury Pro
Storage: 1x 80GB IDE (OS, and software partition and the rest allocated to data) & Highpoint Rocket Raid 1540 with 3 150GB SATA Drives
Network: Belkin Gig-E card.

^ Spare parts to the extreme

Today, I just put it through minor stress test- I had two machines pulling down two different DVR-MS files off of it at the same time over the wired LAN Then, I used a wireless laptop to remote desktop into it to check out how stressed it was via taskmgr. It never registered more than 50% CPU Usage, and usually hovered in the teens.




By PAPutzback on 7/20/2007 8:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
And even slower. Plus a comparison

I'm running two boxes for comparison.

'Basic'
Intel PIII 1Ghz CPU
512 MB RAM
1 x 120GB HDD
2x 250GB HDD

'Not so basic...'
Intel Core 2 Duo [Something]
3GB RAM
1x120GB HDD
2x250GB HDD

Performance differences?
The first one takes longer to come on (how often do you do that with a server? Once every few months). Other than that performance is fine on both systems - I am really impressed how my basic system stacks up compared to the latest hardware. So go for it, dig out your oldest stuff and get the Home Server show going...


By SmokeRngs on 7/23/2007 11:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
I think I have a 486SX 33 laying around somewhere. Getting up to 512 meg of RAM would be a bit difficult, though. ;)

Actually, the slowest I have that would be considered viable would probably be a dually PII 266 system. I'm pretty sure I can stick 512 meg of RAM into that. Otherwise the next slowest would be a PIII 600 or PIII 800 system.

I've always been good at getting older hardware to work decent with newer software. It may not run the best, but it will run.


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