Windows Home Server Products Roll Out
November 5, 2007 8:43 AM
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HP's MediaSmart Home Server
Iomega HomeCenter Server
Microsoft's Windows Home Server hardware products are finally ready for prime time
It's been nearly a year since Microsoft first announced its Windows Home Server platform, but we are now just
starting to see the fruits
of Microsoft's (and its hardware partners') labors.
Microsoft is aiming to make digital media sharing, automated network PC backups and anywhere access to network files a possibility with Windows Home Server. The platform, which is built in Windows Server 2003 technology, is robust, yet
easy enough for consumers to jump right in
and feel at home.
Likewise, third-party software companies have the ability to create plug-ins for power users that wish to use the Windows Home Server to the fullest extent. According to Microsoft, 35 plug-ins are already available for the platform which touches on blogging, home security and home automation among other things.
The actual Windows Home Server OEM software
has been available for a little over a month now
, but Microsoft and its launch partners are finally ready to break out the details on the hardware products.
HP's MediaSmart Server is the headliner product for Windows Home Server. As detailed in an
, the MediaSmart Home Server is available in two versions: the $599, 500GB EX470 and the $749, 1TB EX475. Both are based on the AMD LIVE! Home Media Server solution.
"We are excited to work with industry leaders HP and Microsoft to help pioneer a new class of user-friendly consumer electronics for home networking," said Bob Brewer, corporate VP of marketing and strategy for the AMD Computing Solutions Group. "The AMD LIVE! solution was designed to simplify and enhance digital entertainment experiences, and helping consumers protect their valuable digital memories is a vital aspect of that vision."
"As more and more entertainment content goes digital, people increasingly want a simple way to access, store and enjoy the wide range of photos, personal videos, music and films they enjoy at home," continued HP Managed Home Business senior VP John Orcutt.
HP, however, isn't the only company championing the Windows Home Server platform. Storage company Iomega is onboard with its 500GB Iomega HomeCenter Server which is scheduled to ship in early 2008. Fujitsu Siemens will offer its 1TB SCALEO Home Server 1900 in late 2007 and other solutions are on the way from Life|ware, MAXDATA, Medion, Tranquil and Velocity Micro.
"Digital devices and content are everywhere in our day-to-day lives and they are more important all the time," said Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. "With the launch of Windows Home Server, Microsoft and its partners are creating a new consumer product category that will help people keep their digital media safe and make it easier for them to enjoy it with friends and family."
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RE: i have a bad feeling about this
11/5/2007 10:43:46 AM
Jim Smiths battlestar galactiaca torrents stored on his home file server
I think you just answered your own question. I forget the name of the lady, but DT recently did a story on someone getting sued by RIAA over torrents. Now, there could be a whole world of difference between someone inadvertently sharing and this woman (whom I'm sure was aware of what she was doing). Nonetheless, the unwitting could easily become a victim to litigation regardless of their intent.
Also, I can't help but wonder if RIAA would suggest that even on a home server whether or not that itself would be legal.
RE: i have a bad feeling about this
11/6/2007 1:17:34 PM
You can't use illegally obtained evidence in a lawsuit. If RIAA started hacking into ppl's home servers, they'd have a whole lot more to worry about then whether Jim Smith had torrents on his machine.
"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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