The MediaSmart server from HP has been around for a while, but the latest release unveiled at CES includes some notable updates to both the hardware and the software.
One of the new features, “Media Collector”, gathers up all new images, music and video from any PC connected to the server. In other words, it constantly monitors your household’s PC’s to detect and new media you put on those machines. With HP "Photo Publisher", you can now also upload your media to popular services like Facebook, Flickr, Snapfish and Picasa. This process is automated making it easier to do than using the online software provided by those services.
The OS is still based on Windows Home Server which will eventually allow the user to backup their media via “Live Mesh” backup cloud, but in the meantime, HP has made it own application compatible with Amazon’s S3 service. The server now also shows up as an available target for use with OS X’s “Time Machine.”
HP Launches New Home Server for PCs and Macs
HP MediaSmart Server centralizes digital media and files for backup, remote access, sharing and uploading to social media sites
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 29, 2008 – HP today launched a home server designed for use with both Windows and Mac computers.
Based on the Microsoft Windows® Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.(1)
The MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all PCs, streams media across a home network and the Internet,(2) and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.
“A growing number of digital-savvy households have both Windows and Mac computers, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of media files and documents scattered across these devices,” said Jason Zajac, vice president of strategy, Worldwide Attach Group, HP. “The HP MediaSmart Server protects, stores and organizes this content from anywhere on a network so consumers can access and share it any place they are connected.”
“HP continues to innovate on the Windows Home Server platform giving consumers even more options to enjoy and protect their precious memories and valuable data,” said Charlie Kindel, general manager, Windows Server Solutions, Microsoft. “We believe consumers will embrace the new MediaSmart Server as one of the most exciting computing products for the home.”
MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 features include:
“Customers are always looking for the right mix of features and ease-of-use when choosing digital home products,” said Danielle Levitas, group vice president, consumer, broadband and digital marketplace at IDC. “HP’s focus and investment in software allows it to deliver a home server with compelling features for Mac and PC users while offering a great customer experience that helps simplify the complexity of the connected home. This unique offering will help expand the home server market.”