Asus Launching A Home Server In Oz

Asus have decided to bring the Windows Home Server love to Australia with the TS mini. Even though we're a few years behind, it's good to see some movement in this space in Australia.

Working off an Atom N280 1.66GHz processor with 2GB RAM and a 1TB HDD inside, the TS Mini can automatically back up 10 different PCs on a daily basis, as well as act as a server for all your media files. The press release says it's also good with home security footage, although that's not something I'd ever use.

It'll set you back $699 big ones, and Mac compatability is a big question mark, even if it's supposed to be Mac friendly. But if you're PC based, like the majority of human beings on the planet, it might be worth a second look.

Seamlessly Store, Share, and Secure Digital Content Everywhere Around the Home ASUS Home Server TS mini Embedded with Windows® 7 Delivers Instant, Intuitive, and Simplified Data Management

Sydney, Australia 27 January 2010 - ASUS has launched its home server in Australia which leverages the Windows ® 7 operating system to improve data management, enhance media streaming and better utilise home networks. The ASUS Home Server TS mini is designed to simplify a user’s digital life by centralising photos, music, videos and other digital content from multiple home computers onto a single repository—thereby enabling easy storage, sharing and securing of digital assets within a home or remotely via the Internet. Equipped with an Intel® Atom processor and operating on the Microsoft® Windows™ Home Server platform, it simplifies management and protection of digital content. The TS mini features 2GB of DDR2 memory, Gigabit Ethernet support, up to 4TB of internal storage, exclusive 500GB of online storage, six USB ports and two eSATA ports to meet future growth requirements.

Easy Backup and Restoration of Home Computers The TS mini functions as a data management centre, automatically backing up data from up to 10 computers daily. In a recovery scenario, users can easily restore files or bring computers back online by loading the latest information saved on the TS mini.

Convenient Content Sharing at Home and Easy Remote Access The TS mini makes it easy for users to stream photos, music, video and other digital content to various devices in the home including TVs, computers, media PCs and gaming consoles—for comprehensive home entertainment access. By using the Remote Access feature, users away from home can also leverage on their personal Windows Live™ accounts to access the TS mini and its content. Additionally, they can stream music and multimedia content through the online connection.

Large Data Capacity with Exclusive Web Storage For additional storage capacity, the TS mini provides a year of free 500GB storage over the Web. Users can boost their storage or synchronise backups online for improved data security. Additionally, users can save large peer-to-peer files directly to the web storage and host files which can be linked to from social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Enhanced Data Access and File Management The TS mini acts as a user-friendly management console that consolidates data from various sources. With six USB and two eSATA ports—the highest number of I/O interfaces on a home server—the TS mini lets home users directly back up, synchronise and manage their files across various USB and eSATA devices, as well as the internal hard drive.

Improved Home Security with Easy Surveillance Features By connecting IP cameras to the TS mini, users can easily set up a home surveillance system. With its online connectivity, the TS mini lets users view live or recorded clips of home surveillance footage while they are away—to ensure their families are safe.

Better Energy-saving Features In line with global energy-saving initiatives, the TS mini was developed to use minimal power—consuming 24.5W of power when in idle mode and 27.9W when in operation. Such energy-saving capabilities make the TS mini a good choice for 24-by-7, non-stop data centre operations.

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