Heh. Joel just sent me a couple more pics of the "hockey puck". This thing is so amazingly cool that I just have to rant some more about it.
First, we commissioned Carbon Design, a local design firm, to dream up some really cool home server form factors about 2 years ago. After a couple of iterations we narrowed it down to 3 ideas: the cube, the slate, and the hockey puck. Carbon built us a few foam models of each of these as well as a bunch of cool looking renderings. These served us well for while as tools for illustrating the concept to executives and partners.
As CES 2007 approached, late last year, we decided we needed a working prototype. The goals were to build something that was inanely cool looking, stretched the envelope on size, and expressed the idea that Windows Home Server provides a whole house solution. We re-engaged with Carbon to build a working version of the hockey puck. In a very short timeframe they created 3 working models. Each is based on a nano-ITX mainboard from VIA and 2.5" HDDs. Other cool features:
I recently took one apart in an attempt to replace a hard drive. The level of detail in fabrication blew me away. It all fits together like a very complicated, finely machined, puzzle.
As I indicated in my post yesterday we don't have any plans to build this form factor, and we don't know of any OEMs who are doing anything like this...but we know that someone will eventually: the concept is just too cool!
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Yeah, this beats the PowerEdge 2450 and PowerVault 200 I have running as my test gear in the basement...
This looks like Sony's media PC:
cool. is there any connection between the hockey puck and the new Sony Vaio? http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=VGXTP1
Wow, simultaneous posts referring to the same thing... Cool. (See immediately above.)
It reminds me a little of the Zune dock.
I really like the hockey puck design. It's sleek, stylish, and doesn't take up much room. It doesn't look like it could hold enough hard drives for my taste, but I would definitely recommend it to people that aren't looking to have multiple terabytes of storage space.
The one thing that bugs me about the way machines running Home Server will be sold is the complete lack of any way to connect monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I know it's not meant to have them connected, but the ability to connect them would be nice for troubleshooting if there are problems with the network connection. With no way to log in locally at all, if the network card goes bad, the whole server's hosed.
Even with my worries about no local log-in ability, Home Server still looks like a very solid product to me, and I plan on getting the OEM software from New-Egg or somewhere like it and building beast of a storage machine, and then unplugging everything except the network and power cables. Keep up the good work.
Here are some professional photos of the hockey puck design. Enjoy! (Reminder, just in case people haven't
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