With the entire globe entangled in a complex maze of networks, Microsoft has made a diligent attempt to make the web-space more accessible to even the most common buyers. With growing popularity the marketplace has seen the influx of a number of Windows Home Servers from a variety of manufacturers, with that number consistently incrementing with time
Before taking a bite at the marketing buzz, let us first assort the diverse perspectives related to the advantages of buying a Windows Home Server more willingly than pulling off your hair to build one yourself, including the following:
- Buying a ready-to-use hardware package eliminates to possibilities of compatibility and you should have the self-confidence that it will not go haywire with the Windows Home Server software.
- You will get all necessary support from the manufacturer.
- You should not have to toil over the manuals to make sure that your configuration is set up rightly to match your occupational endeavors.
- Buying a complete package might actually work out to be cheaper than building one.
- Sometimes it is just plain easier to buy one thing that has everything you need!
Hewlett-Packard was one of the pioneering manufacturers to publicize its intention to market a hardware package that runs Windows Home Server software. The output of this intent was the HP MediaSmart Server Series. The HP MediaSmart Server Series is fundamentally a Windows Home Server that has minimized the form factor. HP officially describes the MediaSmart Server Series as “a powerful home server allowing access to personal documents and digital entertainment from anywhere in the world.”
The hardware specification of the HP MediaSmart Server is as follows (although it is important to note that this specification might be different by the time you are reading this):
- AMD 1.8 G Hz 64-bit Sempron processor
- 10/100/1000 RJ45 Ethernet
- SATA 7200 RPM hard disk drives
- Size: 14cm (W) 5 25cm (H) 5 23cm (D)
- Four internal hard disk drive bays
- Up to 7.5 terabytes storage
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- Internal universal power supply
You may observe from the above specification that the package has no CD or DVD drive; that’s solely because one is usually not needed on this particular machine with respect to what it has set out to achieve! However if you needed one, you could always connect a USB DVD drive in order to install additional software.
The HP MediaSmart Server, which has overshot its competitors as one of the first variants of a Windows Home Server, has the ability to support four separate SATA hard drives. This should certainly portray an authentic suggestion of the actual size of the HP MediaSmart Server, which is little taller than its four hard drive bays.
Thus we have taken a momentary dip into the Windows Media Server marketplace with our primary focus being on the HP MediaSmart Series. However you should make a thorough market research and take a look at what is suits your present requirements and make an assessment whether to buy one or build one. If you decide to buy one, make sure that it suits your workflow. Only you will know what else you might want to use the Windows Home Server for, so keep that in mind when shopping around.