Tranquil PC detailed their next-generation Windows Home Server the “SQA-5H” (Squash) — a cube shaped multi-drive home server, featuring Intel Atom 330 Dual Core Processor (2 x 1.6 GHz) which is 64-bit compatible. (Not so important now, but if you ever need to run a Windows 7-based version of Windows Home Server, you’re going to need it). 1 Gb of memory is supplied in the base unit, but you can configure up to 2Gb if you want to load the Squash up with add-ins, five hot swappable, tooless drive bays. Despite the system carrying five bays, power consumption is kept to a minimum, with a single drive system starting at just 29W.
Tranquil PC will be releasing pricing at their website at which point pre-orders will open too. Orders are expected to be fulfilled from November.
According to Tranquil, SQA (“Status Quo Ante” – Latin for “the way things were before”) refers to Windows Home Server’s ability to restore your PC to its previous state. With great new home server hardware such as the Squash hitting the marketplace, let’s hope after a tricky 2008, it signals a return to the home server category rocking into 2009.