Diehard’s Ideal HP MediaSmart Server
With the news going round about the upcoming Lenova IdeaCentre D400 and the possible first clue to the next MediaSmart server, I thought I would chime in with what I wish HP would come out with in their next home server.
Microsoft has recently started to push WHS as an option into the SOHO market. You can see details here and HP has been the flagship home server advertised by Microsoft, so I’m thinking that maybe HP should up the ante with a server model worthy to fit nicely into the SOHO space.
A while back, I “photo-shopped” a gag on MediaSmartServer.net of my ideal HP server, the DP490.
Dual Core ? forget about it, Quad Core.
32bit ? forget about it. it’s 64 bit.
4 drive bays ? forget about it. it’s has 8.
1 eSata drive ? forget about that too. it has 2 eSata with port multiplier.
1 front USB and 3 rear USB, forget about that again, 2 front and 6 rear.
1 gigabit port, guess again, 2 gigabit ports.
Now I’d like to add a couple more items and make this unit a bit more Media Center friendly.
Slim slot loading DVD burner
2 sticks of ram
DVI service port
HDMI & optical audio
Replaceable Compact Flash for WHS OS.
I like to have the power supply built in, not an external brick. Maybe 2 bigger fans on the rear, bigger is quieter.
So what do you think ? What would you choose as the motherboard ?
John Zajdler (diehard).