CES 2009 New Windows Home Server Hardware

by Alex Kuretz on January 8, 2009 · 1 comment

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There is a lot of news coming out of CES this year, and one of the most interesting for us is the new Windows Home Server offerings. Last week we saw the first reviews of the new MediaSmart Servers from HP, and now there are three more vendors joining in with plans to release their offerings in the first half of 2009.

Shuttle Computer is known as the pioneer manufacturer of small form factor PCs so it’s no surprise to me that they are coming out with a Home Server. Two SKUs are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2009 primarily through online sales.

SH-K4500

  • Celeron 450
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2 HDD bays with 1 500GB drive included
  • MSRP $450
Shuttle Computer SH-K4500 two drive Home Server

Shuttle Computer SH-K4500 two drive Home Server

SH-K4800

  • Celeron 450
  • 1GB RAM
  • 3 HDD bays with 1 500GB drive included
  • MSRP $499

VIA Technologies is well known for low power, high performance chipsets which will hopefully translate into a very efficient Home Server. Via is also offering two SKUs that will be available in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in the near future through both online and physical retailers.

ARTiGO A2000

  • Via C7
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2 HDD bays with 1 500GB drive included
  • MSRP is TBD
VIA ARTiGO A2000 two drive Home Server

VIA ARTiGO A2000 two drive Home Server

NSD-7800

  • VIA C7
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 HDD bays with 1 500GB drive included
  • MSRP is TBD
VIA NSD-7800 eight drive Home Server

VIA NSD-7800 eight drive Home Server

Acer, Inc is one of the top 5 manufacturers of PCs and consumer electronics, and will be releasing their Home Servers initially to Japan, Europe, and Taiwan markets in March.

Aspire EasyStore 640GB

  • Intel Atom
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4 HDD bays with 1 640GB drive included
  • MSRP TBD

Aspire EasyStore 1TB

  • Intel Atom
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4 HDD bays with 2 640GB drives included
  • MSRP TBD
Acer EasyStore four drive Home Server

Acer EasyStore four drive Home Server

Except for the TranquilPC and Fujitsu-Siemens Home Server offerings (neither of which is available in the US to the best of my knowedge), HP has largely had the OEM Home Server market all to themselves for the past year or so. Personally I’m most interested to see what software additions these new vendors will offer, and I know there’s a group of you that are drooling over that 8 drive VIA model.

What do you think about these new Home Servers? Are any of them attractive enough to make you think about buying one instead of a MediaSmart Server? Share your thoughts here in the comments, or here in the forums.


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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of MediaSmartServer.net. I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


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COPC January 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm

The VIA Model is interesting have to wait and see more info on it. I find it funny that they are all sticking with 1GB and none are edging themselves out?

We will have to see as more info is released. I’m more than happy with my HP

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