Acer just announced one of the first hardware boxes for Windows Home Server 2011. "The new Acer RevoCenter RC110/RC111 can store all of your digital treasures and share them with family and friends!," revealed Windows Home Server blog
This compact-yet-powerful storage device features a hardworking processor and hefty hard disk space for your ever-growing collection of photos, sounds, videos, movies and more.
The Acer RevoCenter RC110\RC111 is the best candidate so far. Running WHS 2011, the hardware looks powerfully capable. Behind the gun metal door lies 4 drive bays for those 3.5" SATA drives, 1xeSATA port and 2xUSB 3.0 ports up back as well as a USB 2.0 up front. Network connectivity is handled through a gigabit Ethernet port.
Now for the downsides.. there's still no Wi-Fi, and the processors available are Intel Atoms. While the Windows 7 /Windows Server 2008 R2 codebase may be lean and mean, it just feels a little anaemic by today's standards. Still, it can handle up to 4GB RAM (DDR2 1333 Mhz), which is probably a good option to take.
Acer RevoCenter datasheet is embedded below: