Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2007 11:08 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows As momentum grows around its new Windows Home Server line, which is due for release towards the end of this year, Microsoft is looking to keep the love flowing with its hardware partners, software developers and end users alike. Joel Sider, Senior Program Manager for Windows Home Server, told APC that the company intends to release a software development kit for the platform early next month.
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RE: Am I missing something?
by Luminair on Fri 30th Mar 2007 15:27 UTC
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

You guys are wondering where this product fits in, and I'm wondering why you don't see where it fits in.

How many Windows users are there in the home compared to Linux users? Did you all forget those statistics?

Every dad with a Windows PC will understand how to admin a WHS box, because it is blindly easy and it looks just like Windows.

Every son with a Windows PC will know how to build a WHS box with old computer parts, thus creating the first in a long line of home servers he and his family will use.

It is only a matter of time before every connected home has a fault-tolerant home file and app server. Users are amassing more data over time, not less. And while hard drive space is becoming next to free, hard drives themselves keep breaking as fast as ever, and people keep ruining their computers with malware.

A home server that automatically backs up and restores every PC, stores all important data, and allows remote access to that data. If you don't see a market for that you must be related to the guys at IBM who thought computers would never have a place in the home.

Edited 2007-03-30 15:29

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RE[2]: Am I missing something?
by Soulbender on Fri 30th Mar 2007 15:37 in reply to "RE: Am I missing something?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"Every dad with a Windows PC will understand how to admin a WHS box, because it is blindly easy and it looks just like Windows. "

But there are plenty of those small servers already. And cheaper to boot. Does MS really have to attempt to kill another 3rd party market segment?

"If you don't see a market for that you must be related to the guys at IBM who thought computers would never have a place in the home. "

That wasn't IBM, that was DEC's cofounder Ken Olsen.

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jayson.knight Member since:
2005-07-06

"But there are plenty of those small servers already."

You're missing one huge factor: They aren't an MS Windows branded box. That's great for geeks like us, but the rest of the world wants a Windows box. Something with wizards. Something that, if it breaks, they can call for support. Something that plugs into their existing infrastructure with no hassles.

"Does MS really have to attempt to kill another 3rd party market segment?"

Show me a commercially available product geared towards (AVERAGE) consumers that does everything WHS will do. It doesn't exist yet, which is why MS is creating this market. There's nothing to kill...and if there is, well, they better step it up then and compete.

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

there are plenty of those small servers already.

There is nothing quite like WHS out there, and you shouldn't be saying otherwise unless you know for sure. I was interested in a home file server a few months ago, and since then I've trialed WHS beta 2, Longhorn Server beta 1, FreeNAS, Openfiler, OpenSolaris, and Suse 10.1. WHS is unique among the rest because of the GUI and tightly integrated features. Solaris is unique because of ZFS. And if you're curious, proprietary lightweight NAS solutions like those from Buffalo aren't very good competitors to some of these heavyweight solutions. Both in price and features.

The technology in WHS is not especially innovative or compelling. It has a cluster-based drive backup system. It has a single instance storage system to avoid file duplication. It spans drives to provide a single virtual file system. And it provides fault tolerance by simply mirroring data across two drives when you explicitly tell it to.

The storage solution isn't high-brow compared to RAID like they would have you to believe -- not only is the redundant data less space-efficient than RAID5, but you also don't get the read performance boost of a striped system. And neither system is as good as ZFS RAID-Z.

But it comes down to the overall competition, not just the technical one. And on that front the open source solutions just don't have their heads screwed on straight enough to beat WHS.


Re: computers in the home
That wasn't IBM, that was DEC's cofounder Ken Olsen.

Says who? You would be wrong to think that only one person in the 70s believed computers had no place in the home.

Edited 2007-03-30 20:46

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