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A Green HP Media Smart Upgrade?

October 9, 2009

hpss300x400 Windows Home server is a great product.

It offers a range of features, Media Server, Network Storage. Backup Facilities and Remote Access and Microsoft were even clever enough to allow small add in applications, and it is worth noting that as based on windows server 2003 you will find most software will work (however due to the new drive extender software caution must be used if the software tries to manage hard drives i.e. Defrag or cleanup tools).

HP have built an elegant compact solution, Known as the HP Media Smart Server.

It has been designed with fully scalable storage with 4 internal drive bays with the potential to support 6TB of internal storage and with USB ports and an ESATA port you are only limited by your budget (bearing in mind we are not talking about an enterprise product).

However there is one thing that does frustrate me is in a very short time span there have been significant upgrades to the hardware in the range and the newer machines have certainly got a lot more horsepower under the hood. I have found that on the EX470 it can sometimes choke and in looking at some of the new hardware choices I can’t help but think that HP & Microsoft may have underestimated the hardware specifications when developing the WHS platform.

I have sent a few e-mails of to HP regarding a suggestion I have which I will outline, but as yet I have still had no response,

When you open up the Media smart server it has more or less 3 main components

· Case

· Backplane for connecting HDD caddies

· Main Board

In looking at how the box is constructed it strikes me as there may another cheaper and greener way to upgrade your server, from what I can see there is essentially no difference in the new generation machines, apart from some minor cosmetics and the new main boards.

My suggestion is HP could sell a main board upgrade as a kit, saving the costs of a full new server and of course being greener as you will be using the majority of your existing box.

HP could do it as a kit price or if they wanted to be greener they could refund a percentage of the cost on receipt of the old main board.

I would be very happy if it was possible to do this and would most certainly purchase the upgrade kit.

Would you be interested in this?

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  1. October 12, 2009 2:17 am

    I think user upgrades are a great idea but I don’t think big companies will like them. I think the support worries them – and the revenue from minor upgrades makes them profits they don’t see from home machines and laptops.

    To be greener you should be able to transfer the memory to the new board.

    And return the old one for recycling.

    Why not just a processor upgrade?

    • October 12, 2009 2:20 am

      You have it on the nose whe make a little when you an make a lot! – thanls for your comments

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