2008 CES Takes Step Closer To Convergence
Powered by Microsoft’s Windows Home Server software (see p. 92 for more), the device is designed to let users safely store and share digital files and to schedule automatic backups of different computers attached to the network. Users can also buy additional software for monitoring security cameras and creating and hosting Web sites and blogs. Home control and other software is being developed, said Jeff Kraft, a business development manager for HP.
A recent review in Dealerscope’s “Selling New Technology” section found that experienced computer users will appreciate the server’s features and functionality but ordinary users will find it difficult to set up and sync to the network. In other words, the unit is still closer to a commercial IT product than a consumer electronics product.
The home server/storage market is still in the early-adopter stage, Kraft said. But demand for those solutions will soon increase as consumers store more digital content, valuable files and important documents on their poorly protected home PCs.