The IFA 2007 consumer electronics show is underway in Berlin this week, starting on August 31st and continuing until September 5th (although press conferences started yesterday). Among one of the first products unveiled so far is the Fujitsu-Siemens SCALEO home server.
That's not the only first, though. If Fujitsu-Siemens works fast enough to get its product to market, it could be the first Windows Home Server PC to hit store shelves. Let's take a look at what it has to offer.
The name SCALEO is nothing new, of course, as Fujitsu-Siemens currently has a line of desktop and home media center PCs under the same name. However, today's announcement puts a spin on the lineup by offering not just a PC, and not just a media center, but a product based on Windows Home Server, which can be accessed from both your home network and remotely from the Internet.
The SCALEO home server will have two 250GB SATA 2 7200rpm hard drives running in RAID 1 (mirrored), so you get 250GB of redundant storage. If 250GB isn't enough for you, there are two expansion slots for additional hard drives. Wegotserved, a Windows Home Server site, also reports that the unit has four USB 2.0 ports for additional external devices or drives, 2 e-SATA ports, and Fujitsu-Siemens "Computers Advanced Power Management," which is their version of "Always On." Fujitsu-Siemens claims that the new unit is whisper-quiet, and the picture suggests it can be stored vertically or horizontally.
Also on the list of SCALEO features is gigabit Ethernet, which more and more home users are demanding. The gigabit Ethernet capability is also an upgrade from the standard 10/100 ethernet ports found in the SCALEO Home Media Center PCs. While the media center PCs also have 802.11b/g support, there's no mention of wireless features in the home server edition yet.
The central draw of the SCALEO is that comes with Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system. Back in July, Microsoft released Windows Home Server edition to Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, Gateway, LaCie, Medion, and Iomega.
Little is known about what may pop up from Gateway, Iomega, and Medion, but information on HP's EX470 and EX475 MediaSmart Home Server PCs with Windows Home Server was leaked last week. The HP systems were expected to be the first on the scene with a September 15th ship date and a $596 price tag. However, new developments this week suggest HP is delaying the launch "75-120" days in order for Microsoft to make last-minute OS tweaks, according to PC World.
While there's no word on what's in the Fujitsu-Siemens in terms of a CPU, the HP systems are loaded with 64-bit 1.8GHz AMD Sempron processors.
The Fujitsu-Siemens is expected to go on sale, likely in Europe first, at the "end of 2007 for $680," which means it's going to be neck-and-neck between Fujitsu-Siemens on HP for the "first on the scene" Windows Home Server PC title.Microsoft, Windows Home Server, Windows Home Server System, DEsktop, PCs, Fujitsu, Siemens, SCALEO, HP, MediaSmart, HP EX470, EX475