Gateway, LaCie join Windows Home Server bandwagon

During his keynote at this year's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has announced that Gateway, LaCie, and Medion now plan to offer Windows Home Server-based, er, servers. Microsoft unveiled Windows Home Server just over five months ago. The operating system is intended to "help households with multiple PCs easily connect their digital experiences," and it will support features like automated backups, centralized storage, and file sharing through the Internet.

HP is already on board for the operating system's launch with its MediaSmart Server (PDF), so the list of hardware vendors set to provide Windows Home Server-based servers now counts four members. Microsoft doesn't say much about the upcoming Gateway and LaCie machines, but it does mention that Medion's home server will support storage capacities ranging from 500GB to 2TB as well as "Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-compliant universal plug and play media streaming based on PacketVideo Connect software." The Medion Home Server is scheduled to ship "by the end of 2007." (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)

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