As reported by COMPUTERWORLD and other sources (see below) earlier this week, Lenovo will be introducing the IdeaCentre D400 to the US next month. Previously launched in China, Lenovo’s offering will be a great addition to the category of home servers powered by Windows Home Server software.
Announced in conjunction with upcoming Q Series of compact home entertainment PCs, the IdeaCentre D400 home server has an aesthetic design that would suit the living room as well as the home office. (See Lenovo’s press release for details.)
Photo: Lenovo IdeaCentre D400 home server
Eugene Saburi, General Manager, Microsoft Solutions Marketing had this to say. "With the IdeaCentre D400 home server coinciding with the availability of Windows 7 on Lenovo laptops and netbooks, consumers will have affordable solution that enables them to unleash the power of their home network.”
With the Acer Aspire easystore and the lineup of HP MediaSmart Servers already on the market, the Lenovo IdeaCentre will provide even more choice for consumers. We are still waiting on confirmation of where the IdeaCentre D400 home server will be sold. Let’s hope pre-orders are offered soon!
More articles on the Lenovo announcement:
Lenovo unveils Windows Home Server, tiny home theater PCs Seattle Times The company also rolled out several new tiny PCs with home theater capabilities -- a sample of its Windows 7 wave lineup, out in time for back-to-school ...
Lenovo Q100/Q700 nettops, D400 home server debut Electronista Lenovo this afternoon put an end to speculation and launched its IdeaCentre Q series of mini desktops as well as its first Windows Home Server. ..
Lenovo to Introduce IdeaCentre D400 Windows Home Server Notebooks.com By Xavier | August 17, 2009 Lenovo's getting ready to announce the IdeaCentre D400 Windows Home Server. The company posted a teaser image in a twitter post ...
Lenovo Reveal Their First Home Server – The IdeaCenter D400 By Terry Walsh Lenovo release a teaser shot of their debut Windows Home Server, but we've uncovered a whole host of pics courtesy of the Interwebs. Check 'em out!
The momentum behind Windows Home Server add-ins continues to grow! The Windows Home Server team is very pleased to announce the availability of the Japanese Software Development Kit (SDK). The SDK provides developers with guidance, for example application programming interface (API) information, on how to create programs that integrate with the Windows Home Server Console.
Japanese developers now have access to the localized version of the SDK on the Windows Home Server section of the MSDN website.
Coinciding with the release of the Japanese SDK, the Windows Home Server Japanese Evaluation software is now available for download.
For users who have not stayed abreast of the Windows Home Server add-ins community, you may want to visit Terry Walsh’s site www.whsplus.com. You’ll find a pretty comprehensive list of Windows Home Server add-ins, reviews of the latest add-ins, as well as a list of user-ranked top add-ins.
Although the name of Windows Home Server may make you inclined to believe that it is only for consumer households, it can also be very functional in a small office/home office setting.
One article that was recently brought to our attention came from SMB PC Magazine (See page 7). The article provides an overview of Windows Home Server and discusses how it could be beneficial to SOHO customers. Research conducted by the author, Aaron Booker, includes contacting companies offering 3rd party solutions, and value-added providers that are installing home servers in businesses today. From the information gathered, he has validated that backup of up to 10 computers is the most common use of a home server because of its unparalleled speed and convenience. He then goes on to compliment Windows Home Server restore capabilities. Booker states that “The restore function is what is really impressive. If a user deletes a file or overwrites a file- the time needed to recover is literally seconds”. He also discusses topics such as using Windows Home Server to remotely connect and log onto PCs (Remote Desktop) along with add-ins, that enhance Windows Home Server functionality, as key features for this market.
Another article that featured Windows Home Server can be found in Inc Magazine which is targeted at entrepreneurs and small business owners. Under “The Goods” section, the magazine introduces and writes about various aspects of the HP Media Smart LX 195. Some key items were noted about the HP Media Smart in this piece includes its small size, low cost, and how it can be used in both the home and small businesses. Once you begin using a home server, the article relays that you have the ability to listen to your music while you are out of the office and also share your pictures and videos on all popular social networking sites.
With these articles as a backdrop, the Windows Home Server Team is pleased to announce a new web page which is focused on the SOHO customer. http://www.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver/soho
The page opens with an overview of Windows Home Server’s features from a SOHO customer perspective. Five case studies were written which describe how an average SOHO has benefited from using Windows Home Server. Corresponding to the written case studies, there are video interviews where you have the opportunity to listen to business owners discussing their personal experiences when using their home servers. They talk about subjects including how Windows Home Server has helped advance their office by saving hundreds of hours, money, and data.
As always, there are links which allow you to view a demo of Windows Home Server and also download a FREE evaluation version.