HP To Launch Mac-Friendly MediaSmart Home Servers

Hewlett-Packard on Monday has rolled out the next generation MediaSmart Servers, which is said to offer four times the memory capacity as compared to its prior versions, and is expected to be compatible with Mac systems.

As of now, MediaSmart Server range from HP, running Windows Home Server, cannot function as backup platforms for Mac systems employing the Time Machine backup application, and information stored on Windows Home can be accessed in a very restricted manner over the web.

But, with this upgrade, HP is all set to provide a central repository for creating back ups that enable access to digital videos, images, music-tracks, and other such content from different computers on home network.

HP has introduced the new range of MediaSmart Servers in two models, namely ex485 and ex487, which only differ in terms of storage capacity, as the former comes with 750-GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive, while the latter comes with the storage capacity of 1.5 TB.

The upgraded servers incorporate an enhanced ‘photo-sharing’ tool that enables integration with several services over the web, such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and SnapFish.

Powered by Intel Celeron 2.0-GHz 64-bit Processor, the new system incorporates 2 GB of DDR2 memory, and four USB 2.0 ports along with one eSATA port for linking an external hard drive.

The price tag of ex485 is $599, while ex487 costs around $749 to the users.

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HP trying to bridge the gap with Mac is a good thing for heterogeneous environments and will hopefully be the first of many such initiatives. The computer is cheap enough for most households and small businesses. Others like Dell or Acer should follow HP footsteps and introduce more Mac compatible devices.

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