November 05, 2007 by Rachel Cericola
After months of reading and reporting about Microsoft’s Windows Home Server, it looks like there’s finally a product to house the super-secret software—at least a product for pre-order.
The idea behind the product is to bring business-style storage to the home. That way, your family can store and share various digital media, whether it’s songs, vacation photos, or PowerPoint presentations. It’s a nice set-it-and-forget-it solution, meaning that instead of relying on mom to back up the family photo collections, this system will automatically tackle that task.
Other features on the HP unit include:
- 1TB of storage space on two 500GB hard drives; expands via two additional hard drive bays.
- Stream photos, music and videos to PCs on your network or to your TV or stereo system.
- Includes free Windows Live web address for remote access.
- Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server and 1.8 GHz, 64-bit AMD Sempron processor.
- Compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista.
Microsoft is expecting other Home Server-style products from companies such as Fujitsu, Gateway, Iomega, Life|ware, and others. There’s also a ton of software in the making. For now, however, HP seems to have the U.S. exclusive on the hardware. (The Tranquil PC T7-HSA Tranquil Harmony Home Server is available in the UK.)
The MSRP for the 500GB model is $599 and $749 for the 1TB model. Amazon has the 1TB for $680. Best Buy, Buy.com, Circuit City and CompUSA all also have it for order online, in case you want to do some comparison shopping.
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