Thursday, November 8, 2007

HP Home Server

Earlier this week Hewlett-Packard announced that its two MediaSmart home servers, the first devices based on Microsoft’s Home Server operating system, are available for pre-order from HP dealers and the HP website. The first units will be available exclusively through e-tailers. Servers ordered now are expected to be delivered later this month. CompUSA will be the first chain to sell the servers in store, with the units coming in later in November.

Two models will be available, one with 500GB of storage for $599 and one with 1TB for $749. Each ships with four hard drive bays allowing you to add storage as needed, along with software applications that help you set up a personal website and to organize and display photos and music. About 35 other software applications are now available for use on the servers, and Microsoft is actively recruiting developers to create more.

The servers were originally scheduled to ship in September, but there were delays in finalizing the operating system.

HP will not remain the exclusive Home Server supplier for long. About a dozen other manufacturers, including Gateway, Medio and Velocity Micro are expected to market devices based on Home Server in the coming months. (info from TWICE)
This is a preview, not a review.

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