The new HP MediaSmart Server comes in two models, the ex485 and ex487. The only difference in the two is in storage capacity. The ex485 comes with one 750-GB, 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drive and the ex487 with two of the same drives for a total of 1.5 TB. The first generation server, released in late 2007, had a base capacity of 500 GB. Additional hard drives can be added to the latest system for up to 9 TB of storage.
The idea behind the MediaSmart Server, which runs the Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Home Server platform, is to provide a central repository for backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos, and other files from multiple computers on a home network. The HP server supports Windows PCs and Apple Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software.
Among the new features in the latest product is a photo-sharing tool that includes integration with several online services, including Snapfish, Facebook, Flickr, and Picasa. There's also Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) S3 integration for online backups.