Interesting story here on CE Pro about Atomoo, which "may be the first residential IT managed services company to cater to home systems integrators." And they rely on Home Server.
Home systems integrators may do a good job of installing PCs and networks in their customers’ homes, but they really don’t want to maintain those systems.....Atomoo provides 24 x7 IT support for residential customers. At the customers’ premises is a Windows Home Server loaded with remote management and diagnostics software.
I was in Dallas last week for the SMB Summit, where 400+ solution provider partners were gearing up for the Windows Essential Server Solutions launching later this year and learning about Home Server, too. At lunch several attendees told me how they see Home Server as way to expand their consulting businesses into the high end home market.
As the 'new guy' on the Home Server team, I've been waiting a bit to find the right topic to jump into the blogging spotlight. When I ran across some really interesting power consumption data that Fujitsu-Siemens, one of our OEM partners in Europe had sent us, I just couldn't resist...
First, a quick intro: my role on the team is helping our OEM and ISV partners bring Windows Home Server products and services to market...So you'll likely be hearing a lot from me in the future in terms of really cool new additions to the Home Server ecosystem.
But back to my original point...With energy prices rising across the world, it's pretty clear that all of us will be paying a lot more attention to how we consume power in our houses - especially those devices that we tend to leave 'on' more than others - like PCs, A/V equipment, and of course our trusty Windows Home Servers. ;-) One of our partners, Fujitsu-Siemens (or FSC for short) opted to differentiate their Windows Home Server offering, the FSC Scaleo, by focusing on reducing power consumption thru innovative software and a great hardware platform. The results from their lab, below, speak for themselves. I've compared their results with an average PC in the home (and yes, I used the 'extreme' example here to prove a point). This translates into real, significant $$ folks!
Clearly, I'm not the only one that's recognized the 'green' angle of the FSC Home Server product. PC Pro, a UK based tech magazine just posted this review lauding its ability to conserve energy: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/190008/fujitsu-siemens-scaleo-home-server-1900.html
Power Consumption Comparison
FSC Scaleo Windows Home Server*
Average Home PC**
433.06 Wh or 0.433 KwH
5040 Wh or 5.04 KwH
Power usage/year (kwH)
Cost / KwH in Germany (Euros)
Cost / year (using today's exchange rate)
or $50.35 US
367.92 or $585.29 US
That's less than 10% of avg. PC power cost!
* FSC Home Server using their power consumption software
** Source: Overclockers.com - Avg. computer system draws 210 watts with no power saving settings enabled and left on for 24 hours.
The Consumer Electronics Association has issued a new study that shows (yet again) that Americans are not backing up their digital photos, music, documents or other types of files. Results of the study, "Amassing Digital Fortunes: A Digital Storage Study," show that nearly one in three consumers don't see the need to back up their files, while nearly a quarter (22%) say they aren't backing up files because it's too time-consuming. The average U.S. adult has 1,800 digital files, totaling 310 billion digital files nationwide. With an additional 1,060 being added per user in 2008, the total number is expected to hit just under 500 billion by the end of the year.
Enter WHS backup and restore. We continually get emails and posts on the Forum like this:
This weekend, my wife was working on a spreadsheet when she sorted the columns accidentally and messed everything up. She went too far and couldn't undo it. She was a bit upset.
I installed a HP Home Server several weeks ago and it's been backing up all 5 computers in the house. Thanks to the Home Server, I was able to pull a backup from the night before and restore it.
My wife was elated and the Glendale Quilt Guild Show was saved!
The complete study is available free to CEA members. Nonmembers may buy the study at eBrain.org.