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HP expands personal storage

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HP has expanded the availability of its personal digital storage portfolio into Europe with two pioneering products that enable consumers to easily access, safely protect and enjoy digital music, photos, video and files from multiple PCs around the home, as well as on the go.

The HP MediaSmart Server, based on the Windows® Home Server software from Microsoft, enables consumers to back up, access and share digital entertainment, memories and information through one centralized location. Consumers can access the content from their MediaSmart Server from any other computer in the house – even a connected TV – as well as provide access to friends, family or on-the-go household members through the Internet.
The HP Media Vault Pro offers easy-to-use settings that help consumers determine how to organize and store their information, as well as an automatic backup function that can be set to update and save users’ important digital media as often as desired.
“HP’s goal is to demystify technology for the consumer,” says Damien Durrant, PSG Category Manager in South Africa. “With the HP MediaSmart Server and HP Media Vault Pro, we are helping make the digital lifestyle a convenient and enjoyable reality for consumers across Europe.”
The HP MediaSmart Server and HP Media Vault Pro were showcased at HP’s Connecting Your World event in Berlin.
"HP continues to offer useful innovations and choices in the home storage area,” said Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates and author of Digital Storage in Consumer Applications. “By creating two products that hit the sweet spots in the market, HP covers many of the needs of consumers asking for a storage appliance and those wanting a growth platform for serving, sharing and protecting digital assets.”
With the HP MediaSmart Server, consumers can know their personal digital content is protected and always available to access and share, whether in the home or on the go. The system’s HP Photo Webshare software allows digital enthusiasts to invite friends and family around the world to view and share photos. The device also features iTunes server software, which makes it easy to share iTunes music from any PC in the home.
The HP MediaSmart Server uses the AMD Live! 1.8-GHz 64-bit Sempron processor, allowing protected, fast access to data and files through any Internet-connected computer, whether at home or away. The device ships in 500Gb and 1Tb capacities and, with a total of four drive bays, can be expanded to up to 10Tb. The package includes a trial copy and one free update of anti-virus software from McAfee.
The HP Media Vault Pro is Linux-based, features a Marvell processor and incorporates PacketVideo technologies for enhanced digital video storing and streaming performance. The product also offers some of the innovative features found in the HP MediaSmart Server, including Photo Webshare, the iTunes server and remote access to important files on the network from any Internet-connected computer.
The HP Media Vault Pro offers a storage capacity of 500Gb between two internal hard drives, or two 750Gb internal SATAII, 3.5-inch, 7 200-rpm hard drives, both of which provide consumers with an alternative, cost-effective option to meet their needs. The Media Vault Pro also has exceptionally low-power consumption and a smart, energy-saving hard drive “spin-down” feature to help consume less power.