Alienware "High Definition Media Server"

Alienware today released details of their new High Definition Media Server, which looks really fantastic for those people seeking high capacity storage, media recording and streaming capabilities and a wealth of connectivity options in one good looking box…. apart from the fact that it’s actually not a server at all. This “server” actually runs Windows […]

Alienware today released details of their new High Definition Media Server, which looks really fantastic for those people seeking high capacity storage, media recording and streaming capabilities and a wealth of connectivity options in one good looking box…. apart from the fact that it’s actually not a server at all.

This “server” actually runs Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, which gives you a much greater digital media experience with Media Center, but doesn’t give you the great automated backup and security features and remote access you get with Windows Home Server.

As we’ve discussed previously, the current gap between Windows Home Premium (actually Media Center) and Windows Home Server is a clear opportunity area for Microsoft and others, that the community is asking to be plugged in the next version of Windows Home Server. Some kind of hybrid “Windows Media Server” solution really would set the digital media world alight.

With hardware being built like Alienware’s HD Media Server and a couple of others I’ve heard rumours about, OEMs have the hardware ready to rock, but the software’s not there quite just yet. Fingers crossed that we see the gap closed in the future.

In the meantime, take a look at the feature set of Alienware’s system:

  • 4 Hot-swappable easy access front panel hard disk drive bays.
  • Rack mountable
  • Home automation ready with Lifeware software.
  • High-Definition Digital Video Recorder for recording and playing back your HD content (up to 1080p) via an HDMI output.
  • Blu-ray Disc, experience the next generation in 1080p high definition movie visuals and digital audio with this read and write optical drive. Store up to 50GB of content on writeable Blu-ray media
  • Up to 4 TV Tuners
  • Internal Cable Card port (OCUR).
  • 7.1 Optical Audio output (Toslink).
  • Up to 4 terabytes of hard disk drive storage
  • Dolby Digital 7.1 pre-amp output, with digital audio out (Coaxial and Optical)
  • Looks pretty good - so, digital media guys, would you buy this over a Windows Home Server based system?

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