Servers based on Microsoft's Windows Home Server operating system are scheduled to start shipping later this month, and it looks like Intel has decided to join the home storage fun with products of its own. The chipmaker has announced a pre-packaged system that includes hardware and software designed for home and small business storage management.
Dubbed the Entry Storage System SS4200-E, the server features a 1.6GHz Intel Celeron 420 processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB ports, a 200W power supply, and most importantly, support for up to four Serial ATA hard drives in RAID 5 or RAID 10, as well two-drive RAID 1. Intel says the machine comes with EMC Retrospect backup software, and that it's compatible with not only PCs, but also Macs and game consoles.
The SS4200-E includes software, but Intel is also launching a hardware-only variant of the machine dubbed the Entry Storage System SS4200-EHW, which Intel says is "also an ideal platform for Windows Home Server." Both the S4200-E and S4200-EHW are scheduled to become available in December through Intel partners at prices of $500 and up.