Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jan 2007 23:34 UTC
Windows As part of his keynote address on Sunday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, Gates showed off Windows Home Server (more info at Ars) - a consumer device to serve as a central storage place for digital photos, music and other media. The first products are due out later this year from HP and others. The goal is to get devices that can cost less than USD 500. In the first of a two-part interview, Microsoft's chairman talks about why the average person wants a server, why they won't need a degree in computer science to run it and what hurdles remain before consumers reach the true digital home.
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RE[4]: Market?
by archiesteel on Tue 9th Jan 2007 00:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Market?"
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Multiple drives is preferable (if more expensive), as having data in two different places can be a bit more complicated, especially for stuff that changes (home accounting data, for example). You'd need a versioning system, or at least rsync, to manage it. It can certainly be done, but it's a bit more complex.

I got the idea that the device is destined more for centralized storage than backup anyway (though it would certainly be useful for that as well).

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RE[5]: Market?
by Adam S on Tue 9th Jan 2007 16:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Market?"
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Oy vey. Have you actually read any of the articles?

There is a lot of info on the redundancy available. From (

"WHS aggregates all of the storage attached to the server into a single store pool, regardless of whether that storage is internal, external, or a combination. As you add drives to the server, the available storage pool simply increases. [...] Data is mirrored at the shared folder level, so that two copies of a folder are always stored on two different physical hard drives. It's quite different from RAID, Headrick says."

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RE[6]: Market?
by archiesteel on Tue 9th Jan 2007 21:21 in reply to "RE[5]: Market?"
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I hadn't read through it when I wrote the first message, I read that part afterward. That's the only thing I saw that I thought was pretty cool about MS's it enough to stave off the competition? I doubt it.

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