HP today launched a home server designed for use with both Windows and Mac computers. Here is more info:
Based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.
The MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all PCs, streams media across a home network and the Internet, and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.
HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 features include:
* HP Media Collector: conveniently schedules the MediaSmart Server to copy and centralize digital files and libraries from networked PCs * Media Streaming: remotely streams photos and music to any Internet-connected PC or Mac * Server for iTunes: centralizes iTunes music libraries on the server for playback to any networked Mac or PC running iTunes * HP Photo Publisher: easily upload photos to Facebook, Picasa Web Albums and Snapfish * HP Photo Viewer: allows easy sharing of photos with friends and family * PC Hard Drive Backup: backs up networked PCs via the Windows Home Server backup feature * Mac Hard Drive Backup: backs up Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software * Server Backup: duplicates designated shared folders to a separate hard disk drive * Online Backup: duplicates designated folders to Amazon?s S3 online backup service for an additional layer of protection * Smart Power Management: can schedule times for server to go to ?sleep? and ?wake up,? saving on energy costs * Processor: Intel Celeron, 2.0 GHz 64-bit. Two gigabytes (GB) of 800-MHz DDR2 DRAM now standard on MediaSmart Server * Expandability: additional drives can be added for up to 9 terabytes (TB)
Pricing and availability
Manufacturer?s suggested retail price for the HP MediaSmart Server ex485 with 750 GB of hard disk storage is $599 while the HP MediaSmart Server ex487 with 1.5 TB is $749.
The HP MediaSmart Server can be pre-ordered beginning Jan. 5, 2009, from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Buy.com, Frys.com and NewEgg.com; it is expected to ship in February.