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New WHS 2011 OEM Hardware!

Jul 5, 2011 6:09 PM, by Eric B. Rux


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As you read this, many of us in the States are just getting back from an extended weekend. We just celebrated the 4th of July, and now that we’re back, I have some fireworks of my own to announce: New WHS 2011 OEM Hardware!

When Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Home Server 2011 in March, we were told that OEM’s would start shipping units soon. Well, that time has arrived, and I’m excited to tell you about three WHS models that are available now.

To start things off, remember that WHS 2011 has some new hardware requirements, compared to the original WHS v1:

  • 1.3GHz (64 bit) CPU
  • 2GB of Ram
  • 160GB Hard Drive
If you’re not really into building your own home-brew system, check out these pre-build options. For those in the States:

Acer has four WHS machines that look absolutely beautiful. Starting at $350US, the RevoCenter promises to keep all of your data safe and secure and easily accessible. Here’s how the different models break out:

  • AH340-UA230N ($350)
    Intel Atom Processor 230
    2GB Ram
    1TB HDD
  • AH340-U2T1H ($450)
    Intel Atom Processor 230
    2GB Ram
    2TB HDD
  • AH341-U1T2H ($400)
    Intel Atom D410 Processor
    2GB Ram
    1TB HDD
  • AH342-U2T2H ($500)
    Intel Atom D510 Processor
    2GB Ram
    2TB HDD
More details can be found at the Acer website.

Our friends overseas have two new vendors to choose from: Tranquil PC, and Viridian pc.

Viridian pc

  • VS-4HA Colorado Edition 0Tb (£458.33)
    Intel Atom D525 Processor
    2GB Ram
    1TB HDD
  • VS-4HA Colorado Edition 4Tb (£624.99)
    Intel Atom D525 Processor
    2GB Ram
    1 x 160GB HDD
    4 x 1TB hot-swap HDD
  • VS-4HA Colorado Edition 8Tb (£708.33)
    Intel Atom D525 Processor
    2GB Ram
    1 x 120GB HDD
    4 x 2TB hot-swap HDD
  • VS-4HA Colorado Edition 12Tb (£1,166.67)
    Intel Atom D525 Processor
    4GB Ram
    1 x 160GB HDD
    4 x 3TB hot-swap HDD

More details can be found at the Viridian pc website.

Tranquil PC

  • Leo HS4 Home Server appliance (£679.00)
    Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor (i3-2100T 2.5GHz)
    2GB Ram
    2TB Hdd

Tranquil PC handles their models a little differently, and offers upgrades to the base model:

CPU Upgrade to:
i5-2400S (+£49.00)
i7-2600S (+£129.00)

Memory Uptrade to:
4GB upgrade (+£18.00)
8GB upgrade (+£59.00)

Primary HDD Upgrade to 2nd HDD (Raid1) (+£60.00)

Additional storage:
4TB "+1 x 2TB HDD" (+£109.00)
6TB "+2 x 2TB HDD" (+£218.00)
8TB "+3 x 2TB HDD" (+£327.00)
5TB "+1 x 3TB HDD" (+£149.00)
8TB "+2 x 3TB HDD" (+£298.00)
11TB "+3 x 3TB HDD" (+£447.00)

More information can be found at the Tranquil PC website.

I’m hoping to get my hands on these units to give them a run-through. If you have one, please let me know what you think, and I’ll share it with our readers.

Until next month, have fun with your Windows Home Server!



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