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:
Looks pretty good - so, digital media guys, would you buy this over a Windows Home Server based system?
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